A woman who worked for the William Newton Memorial Hospital Credit Union has been indicted in federal court for allegedly embezzling almost $599,000 from the financial institution.

Audrey Elkins, 42, of Winfield, was charged with one count of embezzlement for allegedly creating fictitious loans and converting the money to her own use, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita. 

The crime is alleged to have occurred between November 2010 to November 2017. If convicted, she could face a penalty of up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith.

Since Elkins’ employment with WNMH Credit Union ended in 2017, the financial institution has merged with Wellington-based Panhandle Federal Credit Union. William Newton Hospital spokesperson Sarah Johnson referred questions to the Panhandle credit union.

“Audrey Elkins previously worked for WNMH Credit Union,” said Panhandle Federal Credit Union President Danny Crittenden in a written statement. “When Panhandle Federal Credit Union received the call requesting assistance, we were happy to help. We effectively rescued WNMH Credit Union by helping their members, then eventually merging that credit union into ours. It’s been an honor to serve our members in Winfield, and we’ll continue to provide superior financial services to them for many years to come.”

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