UNL music professor accused of financially exploiting her mother
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln clarinet professor faces a felony adult abuse charge after police allege she moved more than $83,000 of her mother's money into her personal accounts, according to court documents.
Diane C. Barger surrendered herself at the Lancaster County jail Thursday morning, and she has since been released on $1,500 bond.
Prosecutors charged Barger, 51, of Lincoln, with abuse of a vulnerable adult in the case, which police began investigating in January.
A Colorado wealth-management firm contacted Adult Protective Services in Nebraska on Jan. 9, expressing concerns that Barger's mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, was being financially exploited by Barger, police said in an affidavit for her arrest.
The official reported that a large amount of money was being transferred from the 80-year-old's account, the affidavit said.
State officials forwarded the case to the Lincoln Police Department, which examined banking records, the affidavit said.
Investigators found that between October 2015 and January 2018, more than $205,000 had been moved into a joint checking account at U.S. Bank that Barger and her mother shared, the affidavit said.
More than two-thirds of that money had come from the 80-year-old's account with the Colorado wealth-management firm, according to police.
Banking records show Barger moved just more than $83,000 from the joint checking account into her own personal accounts with U.S. Bank, the affidavit said.
Investigators do not believe the money was used to benefit Barger's mother, according to the affidavit. Police did not elaborate on that suspicion in court documents.
Barger's attorney, Tom Lamb, declined to comment Friday, citing the ongoing court case.
A university spokesman said Friday that UNL officials are aware of the situation and that Barger remains an employee in the Glenn Korff School of Music.
She has worked at UNL since 1994, according to her online curriculum vitae. She also is the principal clarinetist for the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.
If convicted, Barger faces up to three years in prison.
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