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Kansas defendant faces slew of drug possession, fraud charges

In many Kansas cases, drug offenses are associated with other allegations, including those for fraud and other white-collar crimes. In fact, state or federal drug crime charges are often filed along with other allegations of financial wrongdoing and even weapons possession. That is the case for one 58-year-old Kansas man, who is facing serious allegations after he was indicted by a grand jury on 23 counts of drug possession, unlawful possession of a firearm and a variety of bank fraud and money laundering claims.

Authorities report that investigators evaluated the man's phone calls and financial statements to find out that he was earning money from criminal sources. The man allegedly was paid for drug trafficking operations involving heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine. Further, the man is accused of operating a counterfeit check scheme that allowed him to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars. Officers seized nearly $600,000 in total assets from the man's bank accounts and cash holdings at his home.

Investigators report the man headed up a financial operation that relied on counterfeit check processing and identity theft. The man is accused of creating counterfeit checks and operating a team of workers who would cash the checks at local institutions. Further, the man is said to have provided those workers with vehicles so they could complete these tasks, and he would use the profits from this venture to purchase real estate around the Wichita area.

The man is facing significant penalties in connection with these allegations, including a decades-long prison sentence and potential criminal fines reaching into the millions.

The man has not yet entered a plea in connection with the allegations. A criminal defense attorney might be able to provide the man with additional information about his specific situation, educating him so he makes the best possible choices for his case. Criminal defense attorneys can protect the rights of criminal defendants in court, advocating for them from indictment through sentencing and beyond.

Source:, "Restaurant owner charged with drug trafficking and more" No author given, Dec. 04, 2013

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