The Lincoln Elementary School principal was found guilty of false reporting and fined $150 Friday in Lincoln County Court.Glennesia R. Profit, 35, 2821 Anna, entered a plea of no contest in court Friday and Lincoln County Judge Kent Florom found her guilty. He also ordered her to pay court costs for the criminal case.
The charge was a Class-I misdemeanor and Profit could have faced a maximum of 1-year jail, a $1,000 fine or both.
Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Todd Engleman asked only for a fine.
Russ Jones, Profit’s attorney, said there was a lot more to the story but didn’t say what it was.
Profit did not speak in her own defense.
Prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against Profit last February because they had difficulty locating a witness. The prosecutors even threatened to file additional charges against the witness if she continued not to cooperate.
Profit was cited for false reporting after officers determined that she had lied to them about an alleged car theft on Nov. 4, 2008, according to a North Platte police spokesman.
Officers were called to the Wal-Mart store about 6 p.m. that day, according to the spokesman.
Erica Kouyate, who lives in Colo., reported that she had borrowed a car from Profit and had driven to Wal-Mart to shop. The unidentified woman told officers that while she was inside, the car had been stolen.
Investigators interviewed Kouyate as well as Profit, who affirmed Kouyate’s story and said the car had been in her possession earlier that evening, according to the spokesman.
Officers spent hours trying to locate the car and followed numerous leads provided by Profit.
Eventually, investigators located the car in Omaha in the possession of John Skipper, Profit’s fiancé.
Skipper told officers he helped Profit purchase the car and claimed to have been in possession of it for five months at his residence in Omaha.
Officers determined that Skipper appeared to have every right to the vehicle and investigators believed Profit lied about the incident to officers.
Nearly 3-1/2 hours after the investigation began, investigators cited Profit for the false report.
A person commits the offense of false reporting in Nebraska if he or she furnishes material information he or she knows to be false to any police officer or other official with the intent to instigate an investigation of an alleged criminal matter or to impede the investigation of an actual criminal matter.
In February, Engleman said Kouyate had not cooperated with the investigation so he was going to issue a warrant for her arrest, also for false reporting. He said he was confident he would get her cooperation after she was arrested. Engleman said he might consider an additional felony criminal charge against Profit as well when he re-files the charges. His tactic worked as the case was disposed of Friday.
School officials earlier declined to comment on the situation until it was settled in court.