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Wabaunsee woman sentenced to 60 days

By The Mercury

TOPEKA - A Wabaunsee County woman was sentenced Friday to 60 days in federal prison for embezzling from the Bio-Security Research Institute at Kansas State University.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas reported that Linda Kay Miller, 51, of Alma was ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution in addition to a two month sentence.

Miller pleaded guilty to three counts of interstate transportation of fraudulently altered securities, according to the report.

She admitted in her plea that the crimes occurred while she worked as an office manager for the research institute from August 2007 to January 2013.

The institute receives grant money from the federal government for plant, animal and human infectious disease research programs.

Prosecutors alleged that Miller used her position to embezzle funds by diverting checks sent to the institute, which moved in interstate commerce in a clearing process after being deposited in her personal bank accounts.

Miller’s plea identified three checks Miller diverted: A check from the FSU Research Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla.; a check from the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation in Atlanta; and a check from J.M. O’ Connor Inc., in Lenexa, Kan.

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