Michael O'Donnell pleads not guilty to fraud, money laundering

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Michael O'Donnell made his appearance in federal court on May 9, 2018. Michael O'Donnell made his appearance in federal court on May 9, 2018.
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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Sedgwick County commissioner has pleaded not guilty to charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Michael O'Donnell, a former state senator, on Wednesday was charged and released on $5,000 bond. He was also ordered to surrender his passport. 

O’Donnell is accused of writing checks to himself or friends from his campaign funds, and filing false reports to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission to cover up the spending practices. He faces five counts of wire fraud, five counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering.

O'Donnell told the judge he understands the allegations. Neither he nor his attorney commented on the case. 


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A Sedgwick County Commissioner will appear in court this week for charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Commissioner Michael O’Donnell will make his first appearance Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to enter a plea related to the indictment unsealed last week.

In that indictment, O’Donnell is accused of writing checks to himself or friends from his campaign funds, and filing false reports to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission to cover up the spending practices.

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O’Donnell was in his office at the Sedgwick County Commission Monday morning, but did not come out to answer questions about the proceedings. His attorney says they’re still waiting on the government’s evidence in the indictment to be revealed, something that could still take weeks.

The last comment O’Donnell made regarding an FBI investigation came in February 2017 when he denied knowing why investigators were wiretapping conversations he had with several people. While an investigation was also underway by the FBI into illegal gambling in Wichita, the indictment unsealed Friday made no mention of that operation.

O’Donnell will appear before Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer at 1:30p.m. at the federal courthouse in Downtown Wichita.

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