Westar Energy's suspended top executive pleaded
innocent today to federal fraud charges.
The same plea was entered by a former Topeka bank president, in
U-S District Court at Topeka.
Westar C-E-O David Wittig and Clinton O'Dell Weidner the second
-- former president of Topeka's Capital City Bank -- are accused of
hiding the purpose of a loan. The one and a half (m) million-dollar
loan last year was from Weidner's bank to Wittig.
Wittig is accused of giving the money back to Weidner for a real
U-S Magistrate James O'Hara originally said the trial for the
two men would begin January 22nd. But the defense said today that's
not enough time to prepare, and O'Hara said he'd reconsider.