Michael O'Donnell

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A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss charges against Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state legislator Michael O’Donnell.

Defense attorneys argued that the case is an overreach by federal prosecutors.

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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.

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A federal judge has delayed the trial of a Sedgwick County commissioner accused of misspending more than $10,000 in campaign funds and trying to cover it up.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 12 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

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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.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

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Updated Wednesday, 4:58 p.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's phone calls with Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell were among those intercepted by federal officials in 2015.

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Sedgwick County commissioners elected their 2017 leaders at a meeting Wednesday morning.

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Sedgwick County will be holding a reception for outgoing Commissioner Karl Peterjohn Wednesday morning.

He’s one of two commissioners who lost re-elections in 2016.

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Legislators from south-central Kansas will hold a public forum Wednesday, less than a week before lawmakers convene for the 2017 session.

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