- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former Republican member of the Kansas House, charging that he used bank loans obtained to purchase cattle to finance his political activities.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Trent LeDoux, 40, of Holton, faces three counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering for allegedly depositing funds from the cattle loans into his campaign account in 2011 and 2012.

Jim Cross, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, said LeDoux is scheduled to appear April 1 in federal court in Topeka.

Messages left for LeDoux seeking comment weren’t immediately returned. No attorney was listed for LeDoux in federal court records.

The indictment alleges that while in office, LeDoux obtained about $465,000 in loans from Farmers and Merchants Bank in Colby to buy cattle, using the cattle as collateral. He’s accused of depositing $15,000 of that money into his campaign account in December 2011 and $12,000 in August 2012.

“In truth and in fact as the defendant fully knew when he was applying for the loans, he did not intend to use all the funds to purchase cattle, but to pay off existing indebtedness to others as well as to make contributions to his political account,” the indictment states.

LeDoux was appointed to fill a House vacancy in May 2011 following the death of fellow Republican Rocky Fund. LeDoux sought re-election the following year but lost the Republican primary on Aug. 8, 2012, when the lines of his House seat were redrawn and he faced Rep. Richard Carlson of St. Marys.

If convicted, LeDoux could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million for each bank fraud count and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each money laundering count. Prosecutors are also seeking a $465,100 monetary judgment.

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