July 14, 2024

Sedgwick County commissioner case in hands of jurors

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County jury will be back in court to continue deliberations in the fraud case of County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell.

O’Donnell faces 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering related to his state and county campaigns.

The case went to the jury late Friday.

Prosecutors allege O’Donnell used $10,500 in campaign funds for personal expenses and gave some money to friends.

O’Donnell testified last week that the payments were legitimate campaign expenses.

The Wichita Republican served in the Kansas Senate from 2012 to January 2017. He term on the Sedgwick County Commission began in 2017.