Cynthea D. Naylor
Cynthea D. Naylor of North Platte will pay a $150 fine after making restitution to North Platte Community College of nearly $30,000 that she embezzled. Naylor, 37, was convicted Thursday in Lincoln County Court. after she pled no contest to theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor.
Naylor, also known as Russell, has already paid full restitution and will pay the fine right away, Defense Attorney Bob Lindemeier told the court.
Naylor worked in the purchasing and accounts receivable department at the college. She was arrested March 9 and immediately suspended. Her bond was set at $50,000 bond. She paid the required 10 percent the next day.
In a plea agreement with the county attorney’s office, the charge against Naylor/Russell was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.
On March 1, North Platte Police were called to the college after staff members noticed that checks written to the schools activities fund had not been cashed or cleared the bank since 2010, police spokesman Troy Erickson said after the arrest.
Erickson said investigators found that Russell/Naylor took money from more than 45 deposits during a two-year period.
The activities fund includes money from athletic fund raising, concessions and events. No funds were missing from any accounts other than from activities, NPCC spokesman Chuck Salestrom said.