Former Altoona city clerk charged with bank fraud

KSN News (file)
KSN News

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – The former city clerk of Altoona in southeast Kansas is accused of embezzling public funds.

A federal indictment on Wednesday charges 30-year-old Chrystal M. Scherbarth, of Altoona, with three counts of bank fraud.

Prosecutors allege she used her access to the to the city’s payroll system to raise her own salary, issue unauthorized checks to herself and give herself vacation and sick leave she had not earned. The indictment also accuses Scherbarth of making more than $36,700 worth of unauthorized charges on a city credit card.

Court documents do not show an attorney and no home phone number could be found for her.

She was employed with the city from June 2011 through November 2013.

If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in federal prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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