Former Caney city clerk pleads guilty to embezzlement

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(KAKE) -

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says that a retired city clerk who had worked for the town of Caney, Kansas, has pleaded guilty today to embezzling city funds.  

70-year old Carole Sue Coker of Oronogo, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. Coker had served as Caney's city clerk for nearly 40 years. She admitted that she took money from payments made to the city in the form of cash and checks.   

In some cases, she did not deposit cash payments from customers into the city’s accounts. Other times, she would only deposit a portion of the payments made in the form of checks.

Coker has agreed to pay more than $150,000 restitution in her plea agreement.

Coker's sentencing is set for Dec. 19. She could spend up to twenty years in federal prison. 

Attorney McAllister commended both the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.

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