State payroll administrator pleads in theft case

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A payroll administrator for the Kansas Legislature recently agreed to plead guilty to a  charge stemming from a case of alleged thefts from employee health savings accounts in Soldier Township north of Topeka.

Pamela Buckhalter, who works for Legislative Administrative Services, signed an agreement last month to plead no contest to attempted forgery and guilty to misdemeanor theft. Prosecutors dropped seven other charges brought in the case.

The case against Buckhalter was announced in July 2020, when Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay revealed that . . .

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