August 15, 2017
Former Illinois Transit Executive Director Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Illinois Transportation Program
On August 15, 2017, Kami Miller, former executive director of East Central Illinois Mass Transit District (ECIMTD), Paris, Illinois, was charged by information in U.S. District Court, Urbana, Illinois, with mail fraud. On August 18, she pleaded guilty.
Miller admitted that between January 2009 and March 2012, she fraudulently used an ECIMTD credit card for personal purchases and caused the ECIMTD to make multiple disbursements to an individual retirement account (IRA) in her name. The personal purchases and IRA contributions were in excess of $20,000. Miller caused materially false and fraudulent representations to be made to the ECIMTD, and she concealed her actions by authorizing monthly payments on the credit card, thereby representing that expenditures made or authorized by her were solely work related. She also concealed the disbursements made to her IRA.
ECIMTD—which serves the transportation needs of senior citizens, medical patients, and other underserved populations in Edgar County and surrounding areas—received grants provided through and administered by the Federal Transit Administration.