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Former Grand Island Executive Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

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A Doniphan woman accused of embezzling from the Grand Island Community Foundation has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lisa Katzberg, 46, entered the plea Tuesday in Hall County District Court.

Katzberg was charged with a single felony count of theft over $1,500 in October of 2012. Court records list just one victim -- her former employer, the foundation she ran.

Prosecutors say that Katzberg embezzled thousands of dollars between June 1, 2009, and June 15, 2012. Authorities say an auditing firm found a bank account that Katzberg is alleged to have opened using foundation money to pay for private expenses.

Foundation board chairwoman Lynn Cronk has said Katzberg resigned on June 15 and has repaid the foundation more than $27,000.

Katzberg started working with the foundation, which is an umbrella organization that handles money from a variety of donors who wish to help the community, in May 2001.

Katzberg's trail has been set for April.

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