- Associated Press - Friday, March 1, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The fraud case of Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell is now in the hands of jurors.

The judge gave jurors an hour to get organized and begin deliberations before he dismisses them for weekend. O’Donnell faces 23 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering related to his state and county campaigns.

Prosecutors allege he put $10,500 in campaign funds into his personal checking account and gave some to friends.

O’Donnell testified the payments were legitimate campaign expenses.

The Wichita Republican was elected to the Kansas State Senate in 2012 for a term that ended in January 2017. He did not run for re-election and instead ran for and won a term on the Sedgwick County Commission that began in 2017 and is set to expire in 2020.

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