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Crime and Courts

Sedgwick Co. Commissioner O’Donnell Due In Court Wednesday

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Deborah Shaar
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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell is scheduled to be in federal court Wednesday afternoon to be formally charged with bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

It will be his first court appearance since a grand jury indictment was unsealed Friday.

O’Donnell is accused of taking money from his campaign accounts and using it to pay himself and his friends. He's also accused of falsely reporting the expenditures to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

O’Donnell is a Republican from Wichita who previously served in the Kansas Senate and on the Wichita City Council.

KMUW News tried to reach O’Donnell for comment, but he has not responded.

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