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Alma woman pleads guilty to embezzling from BRI

By The Mercury

A Wabaunsee County woman pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzling from the Bio-Security Research Institute at Kansas State University, US Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday.

A former K-State employee, Linda Kay Miller, 51, of Alma pleaded guilty to three counts of interstate transportation of fraudulently altered securities.

Miller admitted in her plea that the crimes took place while she worked as an office manager for the institute from August 2007 to January 2013, according to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas.

The institute receives federal grant money to provide research programs that address infectious diseases.

Miller used her position to embezzle funds by diverting checks sent to the institute and made herself a payee or co-payee by altering the checks, according to the report.

The proceeds moved in interstate commerce as part of a process to clear and negotiate the checks.

The plea specified three checks Miller diverted: A check for $5,000 from the FSU Research Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla.; a check for $6,108.58 from the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation in Atlanta, Ga.; and a check for $955 from J.M. Oconnor Inc., in Lenexa.

In her plea, Miller agreed to a money judgment of $16,523.58.

Miller’s sentencing is set for Jan. 13. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of embezzlement.

On Jan. 8 this year, Miller pleaded guilty to bank fraud for submitting false documents to obtain a $200,000 mortgage loan.

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