April 7, 2015

Former Altoona City Clerk Sentenced for Bank Fraud

WICHITA, KS—A former city clerk of Altoona, Kan., was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She also was ordered to pay more than $47,000 in restitution to the city of Altoona.

Chrystal Scherbarth, 31, Altoona, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. In her plea, she admitted the crime occurred while she was employed as city clerk. She used her access to the city’s accounts at the First Neodesha Bank to commit the crime.

The city of Altoona suffered a total loss of more than $47,800. Scherbarth diverted money from the city by fraudulently increasing her own hourly pay, fraudulently paying herself for overtime, fraudulently crediting herself with unearned paid vacation and fraudulently crediting herself with unearned sick leave.

Grissom commended the FBI, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.