Criminal Justice

Former longtime court administrator takes plea in embezzlement case

A longtime former employee of the Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City, Mo., has taken a plea in federal mail-fraud case in which she was accused of embezzling approximately $140,000.

Teresa York, 58, who served as court administrator there for nearly a decade, starting in 2003, had worked at the courthouse since 1984. Prosecutors said she charged nearly tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses to court credit cards and used court credit cards to purchase gift cards which she used for personal expenses. York is also accused of profiting personally by selling courthouse computers and entered into a $69,500 contract on the court’s purported behalf without disclosing that most of the money would go to a person with whom she had a personal relationship, according to the Associated Press, the Kansas City Star (sub. req.) and WDAF, a Fox News affiliate.

York resigned in 2012, several months after an investigation began into financial operations of the court. She will be sentenced at a later date.

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