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Sentence In Honor Flight Theft Case

Associated Press - June 3, 2015 7:09 am

A federal judge has entered a preliminary order of forfeiture against a husband and wife accused of laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel at a small southwest Kansas bank.

A Great Bend woman was sentenced to about two years in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from a program that flies military veterans to Washington D.C. to visit national war monuments.

A Barton County judge on Tuesday sentenced LaVeta Miller to 25 months and ordered her to pay $130,000 in restitution. She was convicted in March of two counts of theft by deception for embezzling from the Central Kansas Honor Flights program.

Program supporters say the embezzlement prevented some veterans from making the trip to Washington D.C. and led to the chapter being dissolved.

Sentencing guidelines recommended probation but Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews asked the court to instead send Miller to prison.

Miller has repeatedly said she did nothing wrong.

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Associated Press information from: The Hutchinson News