Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From KSU Research Facility

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(WIBW) - A Wabaunsee County woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling from Kansas State's Bio-Security Research Institute.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 51-year-old Linday Miller of Alma was convicted on three counts of interstate transporation of fraudulently altered securities.

Miller worked as an office manager at the institute from August 2007 to January 2013. Prosecutors say Miller admitted that, during that time, she altered checks sent to the institute to make herself either a payee or co-payee, depositing the money into her personal bank accounts.

The checks were grant money the institute receives for infectious disease research programs addressing threats to plant, animal and human health.

The plea identified three specific checks: $5,000 from the FSU Research Foundation in Tallahassee, FL; $6,108.58 from Frontline Healthcare Workers Safey Foundation in Atlanta, GA; and $955 from J.M. Oconnor Inc. in Lenexa, KS.

Prosecutors say Miller agreed to a money judgment of $16,523.58. She also faces a maximum 10 year in prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count when she's sentenced January 13.

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