Former Westar Exec Suspects Utility Helped Investigators

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Former Westar Energy executive Douglas Lake says the utility may have cooperated with federal prosecutors in his conspiracy case to avoid prosecution.

Lake has asked a federal judge to approve subpoenaing documents he believes are being held by Westar's criminal defense attorneys.

He says those documents, if they exist, show Westar provided the results of an internal investigation to prosecutors who then used the information as the basis for federal indictments against Lake and former Westar CEO David Wittig.

The two men face a third trial in September.

If the records exist, Lake says they would indicate his constitutional rights were compromised and raise questions of whether Westar witnesses who testify in his trial as trying to protect the company.

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