Former Shawnee County clerk sentenced to prison

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The former city clerk of Auburn was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $189,500 in restitution for embezzlement that occurred while she was in office.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release Friday that 61-year-old Alice Riley, of Mayetta, pleaded guilty in July to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds.

Riley also was prohibited from gambling.

Prosecutors say the crimes occurred between 2009 and this year. She served as clerk in the Shawnee County town for 31 years before resigning in February.

Riley issued duplicate payroll checks and wrote other checks to herself. She hid the embezzlement by creating false entries in the city’s books and bank statements.

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