TOPEKA — A Harveyville woman has been sentenced for embezzling money from her employer.
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Monday that former First National Bank of Harveyville Vice President Debra Kay Converse was given four months of home confinement after pleading to one count of embezzlement. She’s also been ordered to pay more than $107,000 in restitution.
Converse admitted in her plea agreement that in April 2019 she was being investigated by the bank president who reported suspected embezzlement to the Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office. The bank’s investigation focused on what Converse claimed were glitches in software. She resigned from her position with the bank on March 29, 2019 and an audit took place shortly thereafter.
The bank also discovered that while she was serving as the Harveyville City Treasurer, Converse wrote $5,700 in checks payable to First National Bank for processing residents’ utility payments. She cashed the checks rather than crediting the revenue to the bank.