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Sdg. Co. Commissioner in Federal Court

Michael O'Donnell pleads not guilty

May 09, 2018 - 2:28 pm
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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell made an appearance Wednesday afternoon in federal court in downtown Wichita; during his arraignment, he entered a plea of not guilty.

O'Donnell, a former state senator, is charged with five counts of bank fraud and wire fraud, and two counts of money laundering.

An indictment was unsealed last Friday; prosecutors allege O'Donnell put campaign money into his personal bank account, and filed false reports with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

O'Donnell told a judge that he looked over the indictment and understands what the government is alleging against him; he also said he understands the penalties. 

The U.S. Government recommended O'Donnell be released on no special conditions. A judge ordered him to surrender his passport, which he did, and the judge told him not to obtain another one. 

O'Donnell's next appearance in court is still pending.

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