Wittig Ordered Back to Prison

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A federal judge denies a request from former Westar Energy CEO David Wittig to delay his return to prison for bank fraud while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Tuesday shot down Wittig's motion, noting that the federal appeals court has already said such a delay is unwarranted. There was no comment from Wittig's lawyers or the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Wittig already has served a little more than a year in prison after being convicted in July 2003 of loaning $1.5 million to a former Topeka bank president. Then he helped him hide the transaction from bank and federal officials. He was released on appeal in February 2007.

The appellate court upheld Wittig's conviction but overturned two previous sentences of 51 and 60 months as too harsh and recommended Robinson sentence him to no more than six months.