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Contractor Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Over $780,000 in FTA Grant Funds

Pamela Sue Leichty, a senior financial specialist for the Davenport-Rock Island County Quad-City Garage Policy Group (QCGPG), a contractor managing the maintenance garage for Davenport, Iowa’s ‘CitiBus’ and Rock Island, Illinois’ ‘MetroLINK’ bus services, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Peoria, Illinois to embezzling public funds and making a false statement. Ms. Leichty admitted that from March 2001 to November 2003, she manipulated QCGPG’s accounting software to print unauthorized checks payable to herself, totaling $782,640. The scheme involved printing checks to vendors for identical sums, recording these in QCGPG’s books, and then destroying those vendor checks. In December 2003, Leichty’s employment with QCGPG was suspended. Sentencing is scheduled for March 2005. This case was investigated jointly with the FBI.