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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