- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of embezzling about $471,000 from her employer.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a release that Kimberly Joyce Padgett of Osawatomie, Kansas, pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of wire fraud.

The prosecutor’s office says Padgett admitted embezzling about $471,000 from Reliant Financial Services in Kansas City, Missouri. Among her duties at the company were paying bills and preparing paychecks. She’s accused of writing $350,000 in checks to herself and using a company credit card to pay for such things as clothing, jewelry and hotels.

She faces up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, as well as fines.

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