She assumed the office after county commissioners removed the previous treasurer, Lorie Koertner, in the wake of a State Auditor’s Office investigation that found multiple problems with the performance of duties in the Treasurer’s Office. Franzen, appointed county treasurer in 2019, is being held at the Lincoln County Detention Center on suspicion of felony theft by deception, $1,500 to $5,000, and official misconduct by a public servant, a misdemeanor.
An investigation began, during which police found “several transactions that appeared to be personal in nature.” Those transactions were confirmed, “and probable cause was established,” the press release said.
North Platte police received information Wednesday “regarding suspicious financial activity,” the department said in a Thursday press release.
Franzen surrendered to police without incident, it added.
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