June 4, 2009

Police: Paper padded with fake ads

Police in Nebraska said an employee of a local newspaper placed fake ads in the paper in an attempt to get paid more money.

Officer Katie Flood said Sandra Anderson was hired as an advertising salesperson for the Lincoln Weekly by Roger Yant, who founded the paper in January, KOLN-TV, Lincoln, Neb., reported Thursday.

Flood said Anderson, whose pay was variable depending on the size of the paper, brought in several ads that Yant later discovered were not ordered or paid for by any businesses.

Anderson is believed to have placed about $12,000 in fake ads in the newspaper, Flood said. She was arrested and charged with theft by deception.