By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A southeast Kansas woman accused of embezzling more than $5 million from a now-defunct credit union has notified the court she plans to change her plea.

The federal court filing on Wednesday comes just weeks before Nita Rae Nirschl was scheduled to go to trial on Jan. 30. The Parsons woman is accused in an 81-count federal indictment of embezzlement and money laundering.

The crimes allegedly took place while Nirschl worked for the Parsons Pittsburg Credit Union based in Parsons.

Federal prosecutors say that after an audit found the credit union was insolvent, it was placed in conservatorship and ultimately liquidated in March 2014.

A change-of-plea hearing was scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Monday before U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten in Wichita.

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