Topeka woman pleads guilty in federal court to $400,000 embezzlement

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TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka woman pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer.

According to the Office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Lisa M. Davenport, 42, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of embezzled funds. In her plea, she admitted the crime occurred while she was an officer manager for Kansas Associates, Inc., which was the Prudential Real Estate franchise in Topeka. The company is now known as Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. She embezzled money from KAI by taking proceeds from the company’s commissions and depositing them into her personal account. A forensic audit determined she embezzled approximately $416,000 from the company.

Sentencing is set for January 4. Davenport faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway for their work on the case.