Amarillo woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

Amarillo, TX - 37-year-old Becky Renee Kite appeared in federal court Monday morning and pleaded guilty to one court of embezzlement from a federally-funded program.

According to documents filed in the case, from November 2013 until approximately February 2015, Kite embezzled about $71,011.13 from her employer, Gilvin-Terrill, Ltd. The construction company received federal assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Texas Department of Transportation.

Kite worked as a contract administrator and an accounts payable clerk for the construction company.

Kite admitted using the company Chase credit card for personal expenses without permission and changing accounts preferences so that she could take cash advances from one card. Kite further admitted changing the account settings to where the statements would be mailed to her, instead of the office. She also admitted making payments to Chase electronically from Gilvin-Terrill's operation account.

An analysis of the credit card statements shows Kite conducted a total of 759 unauthorized transactions. She faces the maximum statutory of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

The FBI investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto is prosecuting.