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Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement From Real Estate Firm in Salina

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

TOPEKA, KAN. - An Ottawa County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling from a real estate company in Salina where she worked, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Janetta Marie Buttery, 42, Bennington, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds. A criminal information filed in March alleged Buttery embezzled more than $109,000 from her employer.

In her plea, Buttery admitted the crime occurred while she worked as a secretary, bookkeeper and executive assistant at Realty Associates of Salina. Buttery used her access to the company’s credit cards, bank accounts, books and records to divert the company’s funds to herself, her mother and her husband.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 22. She faces a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution. Beall commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway for their work on the case.

Updated May 23, 2016

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