- Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A former engineer for the Wyandotte County government has been charged with taking more than $17,000 in bribes.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says in a news release Thursday that 58-year-old Willie D. Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kansas.

Prosecutors allege Jones took three bribes from the owner of a company that obtained contracts to do street repairs for the Unified Government.

Jones, of Kansas City, Kansas, also is charged with five counts of money laundering.

Prosecutors alleged Jones funneled the money through his bank account and the account of a Kansas City church where he was a minister.

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