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Worker at BRI charged

Feds say she embezzled three checks worth $12,063

By The Mercury

A Wabaunsee County woman has been indicted on charges of embezzling from the Bio-Security Research Institute at Kansas State University.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced the indictment Monday against Linda Kay Miller, 51. Miller was charged with three counts of interstate transportation of fraudulently altered securities.

The indictment alleges that the crimes took place while Miller worked as an office manager for the institute from August 2007 to January 2013. The institute receives grant money from the federal government to provide infectious disease research programs that address threats to plant, animal and human health.

Grissom said Miller had access to checks that were sent to the institute by outside agencies and organizations. He said she used her position to alter three checks to make herself either a payee or co-payee and deposited the proceeds into one of her personal bank accounts. One was for $5,000 from the FSU Research Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla.; one was for $6,108.58 from the Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation in Atlanta, Ga.; and one was for $955 from J.M. Oconnor Inc., in Lenexa.

The government is seeking a money judgment of $16,523.58 against Miller. Beyond that, Miller faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

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