2021 News Releases

Former Shawnee County employee sentenced, ordered to repay more than $13,000 in restitution

Release Date: May 03, 2021

TOPEKA – (May 3, 2021) – A former Shawnee County employee has pleaded guilty to theft of county funds and been ordered to repay $13,216 in restitution, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Jessica Jean Marie Schwerdt, 38, pleaded guilty April 30 to one count of misdemeanor theft in Shawnee County District Court. Judge Jason Geier accepted the plea and sentenced Schwerdt to 12 months of probation and restitution to the county, which was paid at the time the plea was entered.

The case was investigated by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office. Schwerdt was formerly employed in the county’s human resources department and admitted to taking cash that was intended for retiree insurance payments.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Steve Karrer of Schmidt’s office.

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