A minister and former engineer for the Wyandotte County government has been accused of taking more than $17,000 in bribes.
Willie D. Jones, 58, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., on charges of taking money from the owner of a company that won contracts to do street repair work, according to federal prosecutors.
Jones, of Kansas City, Kan., was a staff engineer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., when he allegedly took three bribes from the company owner.
In addition to the three bribery counts, he is charged with five counts of money laundering.
He allegedly funneled the money through his bank account and the account of the Kansas City church where he was a minister, prosecutors said.