The arraignment came a week after Shaner was charged in a criminal information filed in U.S. District Court.
According to a U.S. attorneys office spokesperson, a criminal information is similar to an indictment but charges do not have to go before a grand jury; instead, the information is outlined and the defendant is in agreement with a document filed by the U.S. attorneys office.
The information charged that Shaner forged four checks totaling more than $13,000. It specifically charged Shaner with endorsing a Town of Cedar Bluff check dated March 25, 2003, in the amount of $2,338 that was made payable to a named individual.
Shaner was clerk for the Town Clerk of Cedar Bluff for many years until her resignation last month. Shaner faces a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Shaner did not plead guilty Thursday; she was presented with the information and waived her right to a grand jury indictment, according to the U.S. attorneys office.
She is scheduled for another court appearance next month.