The Topeka Police Department received a case in March 2009 when relatives of an elderly victim filed a police report stating the victim’s trust officer/attorney stole her money. All of the assets of the victim were taken, and the suspect lived out of state. This victim had to now live on the charity of family and friends or be left with nothing. The Topeka Police Financial Crimes Division then received vital case information from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, which started the ball rolling. Philip McManigal Special Agent in Charge, Office of Attorney General Steve Six, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division and Detective Lyndon Weddle, the senior detective of the Topeka Police Departments Financial Crimes Unit began an investigation.
“The Topeka Police Department Financial Crimes Unit is a part of a Federal Financial Crimes Task Force headed by the United States Secret Service and this case was quickly presented to them. USSS Special Agents gave additional personnel and more resources to pursue the investigation. This lead to the identification of additional victims located in different states and the discovery of losses now in the millions”, said Detective Lyndon Weddle.
The investigation was then turned over to agents of the United States Secret Service, and along with the FBI and other federal agencies becoming involved, a conclusion came in April 2010 when the United States Attorney in Atlanta, GA discussed this matter.