Feds: Former Richmond employee's scheme cost city $13K

Feds: Former Richmond employee's scheme cost city $13K

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Richmond city employee is facing a federal charge. She's accused of ripping off the city by getting reimbursed for trips to conferences she never attended.

The Federal government says her scheme ran for two years and cost the city nearly $13,000.

Staci Lanea Boone is facing one count of Wire Fraud. She worked for the City of Richmond under various job titles for nine years.

When she left, she was Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer.

The government alleges that Boone asked the city to reimburse her for $1,100. That money was for her trip to the PMI Research and Education Conference in Portland Oregon in July of 2014.

Boone flew from RIC to Seattle International Airport - the government alleges she NEVER traveled to Portland and NEVER went to the conference, but she still asked the city to pay for her round-trip flight, a per diem for her five day trip and mileage to and from her home in Suffolk.

Boone will be in federal court next week to enter a plea to the charge.

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