Former Kansas State Rep Indicted For Bank Fraud, Money Laundering

Trent LeDoux

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A former Kansas House member was indicted Wednesday on three counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Trent LeDoux of Holton committed the crimes in 2011 and 2012, while still serving in the Legislature.

The indictment alleges that LeDoux received three loans totaling $465,100 from Farmers and Merchants Bank of Colby. According to the indictment, LeDoux told the bank he was going to use the money to buy cattle. Instead, prosecutors say LeDoux paid off existing debts and make contributions to his political account.

The money laundering counts stem from alleged transfers to his campaign account of $15,000 and $12,000.

LeDoux faces a penalty of up to 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count of bank fraud if convicted. Maximum penalties on the money laundering counts if convicted are 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The indictment also seeks a monetary judgment of $465,100.

LeDoux was appointed to the state's 50th District seat representing the Holton area in May 2011, following the death of Rep. Rocky Fund. LeDoux spent much of spring 2012 in and out of the hospital battling acute pancreatitis. He lost in the 2012 primary to Richard Carlson, when redistricting put the two incumbent Republicans in the same legislative district.