Ex-WKU Prof Takes Plea Deal In Misuse Of Federal Grant Money

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- (AP) -- A federal prosecutor says a former Western Kentucky University college professor has agreed to a plea deal over a charge that she caused more than $27,000 in grant money to be spent in ways it wasn't intended.

Katrina Phelps of Bowling Green was charged Monday with federal program fraud accusing her of intentionally misapplying $27,087.20 from Western. Acting U.S. Attorney Candace Hill alleged that Phelps caused 16 checks from a Justice Department grant to be issued to people not entitled to them.

Hill says as part of the agreement, Phelps has agreed to pay restitution to Western.

There was no answer at the office of attorney Currie Milliken, who has represented Phelps. A phone message left at a number listed for Katrina Phelps was not immediately returned Friday.

-- Associated Press Story

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