- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The former recreation director for Osawatomie has admitted embezzling more than $125,000 from the city.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 53-year-old Ron Maring of Osawatomie pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of tax fraud and false statement, and one count of money laundering.

He admitted that he wrote checks on the Osawatomie Recreation Commission’s account to himself and to American Legion Baseball and used the money for personal expenses.

Maring said he persuaded recreation commission board members to sign blank checks, used his own signature as an endorsement and instructed a recreation commission employee to endorse checks.

He also failed to report the embezzled income on his 2010 federal tax return, which would have added $14,902 in taxes owed.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 11.

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