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Crime and Courts

Former Lane-Scott Electric CEO Pleads No Contest In Theft Case

The former CEO of Lane-Scott Electric in western Kansas will be sentenced in February after pleading no contest in a theft case involving nearly $188,000.

Earl Norman Steffens entered the plea last week to felony theft.

He was ordered to pay almost $188,000 in restitution, including $160,000 when he is sentenced February 17.

Prosecutors said he stole from Lane-Scott by filing false documents to claim company bonuses to which he was not entitled.

As part of the plea agreement, a second felony theft charge was dropped and prosecutors agreed to recommend probation.

Steffens is free on $30,000 bond.

Steffens was director of Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative and a wholly owned subsidiary, High Line Services, for more than five year