Woman admits embezzling more than $550,000 from nonprofit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A 51-year-old Kansas City woman has admitted that she embezzled more than $550,000 from a nonprofit that serves St. Luke’s Hospital and Health System.

Kathleen Frederico pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud. Prosecutors said she spent the money on shopping, travel, internet drug purchases, and living expenses.

Federal prosecutors say the embezzlement occurred between June 2003 and March 2017 while Frederico was accounting and special projects manager for the Saint Luke’s Foundation. She was fired in February 2018.

She admitted in her plea that she made unauthorized checks payable to her and created false invoices to conceal the embezzlement. She also created unauthorized checks in which the foundation paid her personal credit card bill and on two occasions a relative.

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