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March 12, 2014

Former Kansas legislator charged with bank fraud

A former Kansas House member has been charged with using money from bank loans intended for cattle purchases to finance his political activities.

A former Kansas House member has been charged with using money from bank loans intended for cattle purchases to finance his political activities.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Trent K. LeDoux, 40, a Republican from Holton, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering.

LeDoux did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The indictment alleges that while in office, LeDoux obtained about $465,000 in loans from a Colby bank to buy cattle. He's accused of depositing $15,000 of the money into his campaign account in December 2011, and $12,000 in August 20120.

LeDoux was appointed to fill a House vacancy in May 2011. He sought re-election the following year but lost the Republican primary.

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