- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal from former Kansas utility head David Wittig of his prison sentence following a 2003 bank fraud conviction.

Without comment, the court refused Monday to consider the former Westar Energy Inc. CEO’s appeal of the 24-month prison term imposed in 2007 by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson.

Wittig was serving the sentence as he appealed it.

His attorneys said the sentence contradicted federal sentencing guidelines. But Robinson cited the seriousness of the crime and the fact another defendant received a five-year sentence.

Wittig was convicted in July 2003 of loaning $1.5 million to former Topeka bank President Clinton Odell Weidner II, then helping him hide the transaction from bank and federal officials.

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