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Summer trial date set for Sedgwick County commissioner

May 12, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has set a summer trial date for a Sedgwick County commissioner accused of misspending more than $10,000 in campaign funds and trying to cover it up.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Friday scheduled Michael O’Donnell’s trial for July 10 in federal court in Wichita.

O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and money laundering related to his handling of campaign funds.

A 12-count indictment unsealed this month alleges the 33-year-old Wichita man took $10,500 from campaign accounts to put into his personal bank account and to give to friends, then filed false reports with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

O’Donnell was elected to the state Senate in 2012. He didn’t run for re-election and was elected to the Sedgwick County Commission for a term set to expire in 2020.

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