Ex-insurance agent to change plea in Kansas case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas insurance agent accused of stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders has told the court on the eve of trial that he wants to change his plea.

A court notation shows Jason Matthew Pennington has a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday in federal court in Wichita.

Charges include wire and mail fraud and money laundering. One of the alleged victims is Marlene Brown, a Wichita teacher and philanthropist who died in 2009.

Prosecutors say Pennington engaged in a scheme to defraud her and others both before and after her death. His defense attorney did not immediately respond Monday to email and phone messages.

Pennington's father, James L. Pennington, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. The elder Pennington will be sentenced Oct. 6.

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