UPDATE: City clerk sentenced for stealing from Kansas town

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WICHITA, Kan. — The former city clerk for the city of Havana has been sentenced for embezzling from the city had her church.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 67-year-old Diana L. Cox was sentenced Wednesday to two years supervised release, and was ordered to pay a total of more than $59,000 in restitution to the city of Havana, Cross Point Baptist Church and an insurance company.

Cox pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of bank fraud and one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted embezzling $14,658 from the city of Havana while she was working as city clerk.

Back in August of 2011, she presented documents to the Arvest Bank in Caney, falsely stating that the Havana City Council had voted to change its policy to require only one signature on checks written for city business. She also admitted that while she was treasurer of the Cross Point Baptist Church she devised a scheme to defraud the church of approximately $44,568.

In December of that year, she diverted approximately $2,536 from a church account to pay her daughter's mortgage.

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