SPRINGFIELD — A former Springfield city finance officer has pleaded not guilty on a charge of stealing thousands of dollars from the community.

Ashlea Pruss appeared Tuesday in First Circuit Court, where she entered her not-guilty plea, according to Bon Homme County State’s Attorney Lisa Rothschadl.

Pruss is charged with grand theft by embezzlement, a Class 4 felony. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The charge alleges that she stole between $5,000 and $100,000.01.

Court documents don’t list an exact amount of the alleged embezzlement. Rothschadl told the Press & Dakotan on Tuesday that she didn’t have a specific number to provide at this time.

Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering presided over Tuesday’s court appearance at the Bon Homme County courthouse in Tyndall, Rothschadl said.

Pruss appeared in court with her attorney, Richard J. Rylance II of Mitchell.

A status hearing was scheduled for Aug. 13. Pruss remains free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

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Emperor Palpatine

Darkness shrouds Springfield. The Sith rule the town. The Empire has fulfilled the seats of the Council with outsiders. We have placed the Mayor from Lincoln NE to run the town. We have also put in place a retiree from Omaha. HA HA HA HA HA (evil laugh). We want them to run the town like Omaha or Lincoln. I know padawan learners who have lived in the shadows of the Darkness of Springfield longer than Mike Lee and Doug Hauge. An old Sith Lord Norm filled Ashlea into the position. She had absolute power of the town. Once she crashed her car and committed insurance fraud. She nearly was given a DUI by our enforcements but one of our dark lords former Mayor George said to our enforcement when attempting to give a DUI to Ashlea its treason then. Darkness also consumes and rules the Prison in Springfield. Sometimes when dealing with so much darkness evil does prevail. Ashlea will not suffer. She will not lose focus. She will prevail. Darkness will win.

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