A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Kansas is expected in court to answer a charge of receiving more than $26,000 in salary and mileage payments for meetings with taxpayers that never took place.

A former Internal Revenue Service agent in Kansas is expected in court to answer a charge of receiving more than $26,000 in salary and mileage payments for meetings with taxpayers that never took place.

Forty-nine-year-old Becky L. Book of Pittsburg is scheduled to be formally arraigned before a federal magistrate Thursday on one count of theft of public money. A defendant can only plead not guilty at such initial hearings in federal court, but Book is then set to immediately go before a federal judge for a change-of-plea hearing.

Prosecutors allege Book claimed she worked 744 hours between March 2010 and April 2011, when she actually took those hours off as unauthorized personal time.

A lawyer for the former IRS agent did not immediately return phone and email messages Wednesday.