- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former Topeka insurance company employee had been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for embezzlement.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 47-year-old Erin Rebecca Thomas also was ordered Monday to pay $215,000 in restitution. The former Topeka woman admitted through her plea to wrongdoing while working as a service representative for American Home Life Insurance company.

Federal prosecutors say she created 22 separate fraudulent transactions. In processing the policy of a person who died in 2010, she created a fictitious change of beneficiary request naming herself as beneficiary and had the benefit check deposited in her personal account.

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