City clerk sentenced for stealing from town

WICHITA, Kansas – The former city clerk of a tiny southeast Kansas of Havana was sentenced Wednesday to two years supervised release.

Diana Cox, 67, was ordered to pay a total of more than $59,000 in restitution to the city of Havana, Cross Point Baptist Church and an insurance company.

She pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud.

In her plea, she admitted embezzling $14,658 from the city of Havana while she was working as city clerk. On Aug. 18, 2011, she presented documents to the Arvest Bank in Caney falsely stating that the Havana City Council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business.

She also admitted that while she was treasurer of the Cross Point Baptist Church she devised a scheme to defraud the church of approximately $44,568.

On Dec. 30, 2011, she caused the church to electronically transfer approximately $2,536 to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance to make a mortgage payment due on her daughter’s home.

 

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