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New Indictment Expands Wire Fraud, Money Laundering Charges Against Michael O'Donnell

Nadya Faulx
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Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state Sen. Michael O’Donnell has been charged with more counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to his campaigns for office, just days before a scheduled hearing on Friday to have earlier charges dismissed.

A superseding indictment filed this week charges O’Donnell with 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering.

O’Donnell is accused of taking $10,500 in checks from his "Michael for Kansas" and "Michael for Sedgwick County" campaign accounts and using the money to pay his friends and, in some cases, himself.

Read the superseding indictment here.

The latest indictment replaces one filed in April. It expands on the same allegations, which had been grouped together in the original indictment, but doesn't include earlier counts of filing false campaign expense reports with the state.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas says superseding indictments are frequently used as a way to make the case stronger.

O'Donnell pleaded not guilty in May to all charges. He's scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 28.

KMUW has contacted O'Donnell's attorney for comment.

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Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.