Republican Michael Capps, of Wichita, Kansas, is facing decades in prison after being indicted by a federal grand jury on 19 counts for defrauding the federal government, the state of Kansas, and local agencies of more than $450,000 in pandemic relief funds.
The Wichita Eagle reported that the former state lawmaker was slapped with eight counts of money laundering, six counts of wire fraud, four counts of false statements, and one count of bank fraud.
“The indictment follows a Wichita Eagle investigation into the federal aid Capps’ businesses and a nonprofit under his control received from the Small Business Administration, the state of Kansas and Sedgwick County,” the newspaper reported.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting Capps, who is facing more than 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted.
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