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Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Army's Family And Morale Fund

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. - A man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing public funds from the Army’s family and morale fund at Ft. Riley, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Michael Steffens, 59, Junction City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of stealing public money. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred while he was a business manager at Ft. Riley for the U.S. Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program (MWR). The fund provides programs and services to soldiers and their families.

Steffens managed the change fund, which consisted of non-appropriated funds generated from MWR sponsored programs and activities. From August 2013 through August 2014, he stole approximately $62,000 in cash and coins.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 9. Both parties have agreed to recommend two years’ probation and restitution in an amount yet to be determined. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.

Updated December 16, 2014