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Archive for Friday, October 8, 1999

FORMER KU EMPLOYEE RECEIVES PROBATION

October 8, 1999

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A former secretary in the Kansas University Office of Minority Affairs will be on probation for two years and could be forced to repay the university up to $23,000.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild handed down the sentence for Constance Conboy, 45, Thursday morning. Conboy, of Lawrence, pleaded no contest Sept. 3 to one felony theft and two misdemeanor thefts.

Fairchild ordered her to pay restitution in the case, but foreseeing a disagreement between the prosecution and the defense on how much should be paid, he set a restitution hearing for 9 a.m. Nov. 5.

Douglas County Assistant Dist. Atty. Jerry Little said investigative reports indicated about $23,000 was involved in the case. Defense attorney Craig Stancliffe didn't raise any objections to that amount, but he said he hadn't reviewed the document.

Conboy declined to make a statement when given the chance by Fairchild, and Little said no one from the university appeared, even though KU officials had been notified of the sentence date.

Conboy told KU Police Det. Mike Riner that she falsified payroll documents and cashed checks for nonexistent employees of the office, according to testimony at her June 1 preliminary hearing.

The thefts occurred between March 1997 and September 1998, according to testimony.

The charges she pleaded to don't call for a prison sentence under state guidelines. Fairchild imposed two one-year jail sentences and a six-month prison sentence, which could be imposed if Conboy fails to meet the conditions of her probation or restitution. The terms would run concurrently, Fairchild said.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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