Alma woman draws prison sentence for embezzling from K-State research institute

A woman who worked as an officer manager for a research institute at Kansas State University was sentenced Friday to 60 days in federal prison for embezzling $14,000.

Linda Kay Miller, 51, of Alma, pleaded guilty to three counts of interstate transportation of fraudulently altered securities, a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

Her crimes took place while she was office manager for the Bio-Security Research Institute at K-State from August 2007 to January 2013, the release said. The institute receives grant money from the U.S. government.

Miller diverted checks sent to the institute by altering the checks to make herself either a payee or co-payee and depositing the proceeds into her personal bank account, according to the release.