Former Auburn City Clerk Charged With Embezzling

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AUBURN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Auburn's former city clerk Alice Riley is facing embezzling charges after allegedly stealing nearly $200,000 from the city, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced on Tuesday.

Riley was charged with one count of interstate transport of stolen funds.According to the criminal complaint, the 61 year-old Topeka woman had been issuing herself duplicate payroll checks as well as other unauthorized checks since 2009. She would then cover up for it by entering false entries in the city's books and bank statements.

In all, the Grissom's office says she embezzled at least $186,000. If convicted Riley could face up to 10 years in a federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

Riley resigned in mid-February, a couple of weeks after she had been placed on paid leave. The city then brought in an auditor to study its finances.

Posted by: Nick Viviani