Haun charged with theft of probate funds (NE)

KIMBALL — A new case is pending against a former Kimball city councilman imprisoned on sexual assault charges.

The case is unrelated to the previous conviction of Scott Haun, but came about after Haun was removed as a conservator in a Kimball County probate case during prosecution of the sexual assault case. After a complaint filed by a probate attorney, irregularities in two probate cases overseen by Haun were discovered.

Earlier this month, Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner filed charges of theft of property, a Class III felony, and abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class IIIA felony, against Haun, 50.

According to an arrest affidavit, Haun had served as conservator and guardian for Doris Anderson, of Kimball, from September 2006 to June 2012. In May 2010, Haun opened an account at Platte Valley Bank in Scottsbluff and began depsositing funds for Anderson into that account. A Nebraska State Patrol investigator reviewed bank records of Anderson and found that Haun used Anderson’s account to pay his personal credit cards, totaling $16,084, during an 18-month-period. He also wrote several checks for cash out of the woman’s account during the time frame, which totaled $3,200.

The affidavit states that Haun did not report any expenses related to the credit cards or the checks for cash on behalf of Anderson in annual conservator reports that are required to be filed in probate cases. The investigator says Haun would inflate other expenditures, such as payments for the woman’s boarding at the Kimball County Manor, in an effort to cover the credit card and cash expenditures.

Haun was removed as a conservator in Anderson’s case after a Kimball attorney received a report of unauthorized activity in one of the probate cases that he managed. At the time of Haun’s removal from Anderson’s probate case and a probate case involving another Kimball woman, it was discovered that Haun had made unauthorized withdrawals totaling $19,500 between the two cases. The second case is not identified as being involved in the current charges pending against Haun.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Haun, though a date of appearance in Scotts Bluff County Court was not available as of press time.

Haun is serving a 14- to 20-year prison sentence with the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Haun was convicted in June 2012 on a charge of attempted sexual assault of a child, a Class III felony, in Scotts Bluff County District Court. He was convicted of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.

Haun’s wife, Angie, had served as the clerk magistrate in Kimball County until suspended in June 2012 as officials investigated allegations against her husband in the probate cases. Angie Haun had appointed her husband as conservator in both cases.

Angie Haun resigned from her position as clerk magistrate in August and a new clerk magistrate for Kimball County has been appointed. That position is currently filled by Michelle Wood, who was appointed in October 2012.

On the theft charge, Haun faces a sentence of one to 20 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine or both, if convicted. On the abuse charge, he faces a sentence of up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both, if convicted.

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Haun charged with theft of probate funds
Maunette Loeks
February 27, 2013
Star-Herald
http://www.starherald.com/news/local_news/haun-charged-with-theft-of-probate-funds/article_7e094b5e-809c-11e2-9953-0019bb2963f4.html

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