- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former magistrate judge in Kansas faces federal charges accusing him of defrauding a judge’s association out of about $24,000.

The Joplin Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1J54S0y ) former Magistrate Judge Bill Lyerla was indicted last month on wire fraud charges. The indictment was unsealed in early December when Lyerla pleaded innocent and was released on $5,000 bond.

Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Lyerla, who’s accused of defrauding the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association out of $24,000. Lyerla resigned after he was suspended in 2014 from the 11th Judicial District, which serves Cherokee, Labette and Crawford counties.

The website of the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association also lists Lyerla as a former treasurer for the association.

A message left at a phone listing under Lyerla’s name wasn’t immediately returned Wednesday.

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This corrects the third paragraph of an earlier version to show the name of the association is the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com


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