- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Federal prosecutors said they want access to inventory firearms housed in storage units owned by a Topeka real estate developer who is charged with more than 100 counts of bankruptcy fraud.

Kent Lindemuth is accused of purchasing 103 firearms between August 2013 and December 2014, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012 and claiming he had more than $3.5 million in debt. Prosecutors said Lindemuth made the purchases without telling his creditors or the bankruptcy trustee. He has pleaded not guilty, according to the Topeka Capital Journal (https://j.mp/2fGswro ).

Lindemuth was released from federal custody on several conditions, including that he doesn’t possess or sell any firearms, but that plan fell through when Lindemuth’s relative refused to be the custodian of the firearms.

On Friday, an officer from the U.S. Probation Office in Topeka sought a court order to bring Lindemuth before a district court judge to prove why his bond shouldn’t be revoked. The document filed in U.S. District Court said Lindemuth had access to firearms at two storage units not listed by the defendant when he was prohibited from possessing them. The officer also said that the probation office does not believe Lindemuth lives at his reported residence, because she had attempted to make unannounced home contacts with him four times at the address he listed, but he was not there.

A status hearing for Lindemuth’s case was scheduled for Monday.

Lindemuth was convicted in September of one count of making a criminal threat to an Oklahoma trucking company owner in 2014, although Lindemuth denied threatening to kill or shoot the owner. The state conviction said Lindemuth is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 17.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com


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