December 15, 2017
Former Illinois Transit Executive Director Sentenced for Defrauding Illinois Transportation Program
On December 15, 2017, Kami Miller, former executive director of East Central Illinois Mass Transit District (ECIMTD), Paris, Illinois, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Urbana, Illinois, to 36 months’ probation and 4 months’ home confinement, and ordered to pay $20,489.67 in restitution for her role in defrauding the ECIMTD Transportation Program. Miller previously pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges in August 2017.
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.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.