A former state employee has admitted taking nearly $140,000 that was due people in wage-dispute cases.
Jan Elizabeth Haynes pleaded guilty to bank fraud in U.S. District Court in Frankfort on Tuesday, according to court documents.
Haynes worked for the state Department of Labor from October 1999 to July 2008. Part of her job was to deliver checks to people whose former employers had issued them to settle wage disputes, according to court documents.
In some cases, however, the people had moved and didn't leave contact information.
In those instances, Haynes forged endorsements on about 120 checks worth a total of almost $140,000 and deposited the money into her accounts, according to a plea agreement.
Haynes faces up to 30 years in prison, though her sentence will likely be less, and she could be ordered to repay the money. She is to be sentenced in August.