Sarpy County prosecutors plan to make a decision within two weeks on whether to pursue additional criminal charges against the former Gretna city administrator.
Colleen Lawry waived her preliminary hearing Monday in Sarpy County Court in connection with a felony theft charge.
Judge Todd Hutton sent the case to Sarpy County District Court. Lawry, 49, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
She declined to comment after the hearing.
Lawry was fired and then charged after allegedly misusing nearly $1,000 from a Gretna senior citizens fund for purchases at several stores, including Victoria's Secret and a local liquor store, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said that the Knights of Columbus had donated $1,000 for meals for Gretna senior citizens and that Lawry set up a bank account for the fund, and used a debit card to make personal purchases. None of the money was used for senior citizen meals, said prosecutor Stephanie Hansen.
“It is our belief she had taken funds and she should have known that they did not belong to her,” Hansen said after the hearing.
Gretna officials said Lawry, whose annual base salary was more than $90,000, was not authorized to use the fund for anything but the weekly senior citizens meetings in the basement of the Gretna City Hall.
Hansen said her office is still weighing whether to file additional charges in connection with Lawry's use of public funds for four trips that she told the city were for economic development.
“We are keeping our options open at this point,” Hansen said.
As The World-Herald reported last month, Lawry and former Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey used public funds on four trips to the same cities. Stacey said he was attending police and fire conferences and Lawry said she was doing economic development research.
Gretna officials have said they were unable to verify explanations provided by Lawry for the trips. Authorities have said Stacey's travel expenses appeared legitimate.
Lawry is expected back in Sarpy County Court on Wednesday in connection with a misdemeanor gun charge.
Lawry and Stacey each was charged with a misdemeanor May 17 in connection with Stacey providing her with a handgun several months ago.
Under state law, a person shall not sell, lease, rent or transfer a handgun to someone who does not have a certificate, except under certain circumstances. Lawry did not have a certificate, officials have said.
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