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An Antelope County supervisor charged with felony theft by deception has requested a continuance in his case.
Harlan Brandt, 62, of Oakdale was scheduled to make his first appearance in Antelope County Court on Wednesday;
however, his attorney, Ron Temple of Norfolk, motioned for a continuance. Judge Donna Farrell Taylor granted the continuance and Brandt's arraignment was set for July 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler requested a special prosecutor in the case, and Madison County Attorney Joe Smith was assigned.
According to Smith, Brandt was charged with theft by deception, a class IV felony, due to the items totaling more than $500. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail.
He said Brandt is accused of charging gas to the county and the theft of county property. The allegations took place between June 2011 and April 2014. Due to statute of limitations, Smith said he could only charge Brandt with actions allegedly taking place during the last three years.
Brandt is serving his third four-year term as supervisor, representing District 6. When asked how this charge affects Brandt's serving on the Board of Supervisors, Smith said he could not comment and that his status will be determined by the rest of the supervisors. No action has been taken by the board at this time.
According to Smith, the initial investigation began with the Antelope County Sheriff’s office in December 2013 and then was turned over to the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office.