Former Richmond City employee pleads guilty to wire fraud

Former Richmond City employee pleads guilty to wire fraud

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former Richmond city employee pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud.

Staci Lanea Boone now admits to ripping off the city by getting reimbursed for trips to conferences she never attended.

The scheme ran for two years. Boone not only got Richmond to pay for five college courses, but she also got the city to pay for eight conferences in two years.

In a plea deal signed this month she reveals she never attended at least one of the conferences and she kept the money.

Boone admitted she took advantage of Richmond's willingness to invest in her professional development. The document also says "Boone's supervisor did not review her travel advance voucher before her departure."

Boone asked the city to reimburse her for $1,104.40. That money was for her trip to the PMI Research and Education Conference in Portland, Oregon, in July 2014.

Boone flew from Richmond International Airport to Seattle International Airport, but she never traveled to Portland and never went to the conference.

In the plea agreement, she admits that 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.

In the agreement she admits to taking up to $15,000 from the city during the scam.

She will pay $8,452.09 in restitution to Richmond. She is also forfeiting another $9,556.49.

Boone will be sentenced by a federal judge in April.

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