A former Sarpy County employee faces up to 18 months in prison for stealing gas with a county-issued card over an extended period.
Patrick K. Clarke of Bellevue had been charged with taking more than $1,500 in county property, a felony that carries one to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Clarke, 56, pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced June 24, said Sarpy County Chief Deputy County Attorney Tricia Freeman.
He faces up to a one-year sentence for theft by unlawful taking and up to six months for official misconduct. Both charges are misdemeanors.
A Sarpy County Sheriff's Office investigation found that several tools purchased by the county were in Clarke's possession. At the time, he was the county's fleet services director.
Clarke paid approximately $7,900 in restitution for the gas and tools, Freeman said.
As a manager, Clarke had permission to use an official credit card to fill up his county-issued vehicle, but county employees are forbidden to use the county's fuel pumps to fill private vehicles.
The criminal complaints alleged the thefts occurred between May 18, 2011, and Sept. 1. 2012.
Clarke worked for the county since the late 1970s and was a longtime Bellevue volunteer firefighter.
— World-Herald News Service