Former SE Kansas city clerk pleads guilty to embezzling

A former city clerk in southeast Kansas pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling nearly $60,000 from her town and church.

Diana L.Cox, 67, Havana in Montgomery County, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.

In her plea, she agreed to pay restitution of $14,658 to the city of Havana and $44,568 to Cross Point Baptist Church in Caney.

While working as Havana’s city clerk, Cox gave documents to a Caney bank in August 2011 that falsely said the city council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business, according to the news release.

She was the church treasurer when she created a scheme to embezzling money, including electronically transferring more than $2,500 to a finance company to pay her daughter’s home mortgage in December 2011.

Sentencing is set for April 16.