Retired Caney city clerk indicted for stealing more than $36K

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE A retired southeast Kansas city clerk was indicted Thursday on charges of stealing more than $36,500 from the city.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says Carole Sue Coker, 69, of Oronogo, Mo., is charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of bank fraud.

The indictment alleges that Coker, who served as a Caney city clerk for almost 40 years, employed a so-called “check for cash” embezzlement scheme.

Coker would embezzle large portions of cash payments made to the city and covered up the crime by recording only a portion of the checks. In this way, Coker made the city’s books appear to balance.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the mail fraud count, and up to 30 years and a fine up to $1 million on the bank fraud count.