Topeka Councilman Campos Arrested, Booked Into County Jail

By: Nick Viviani/Josh Mabry/Sarah Plake
By: Nick Viviani/Josh Mabry/Sarah Plake

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- City Councilman John Campos II was booked into the Shawnee County Jail Tuesday night on two felony counts.

The first charge was "Making False Information". The second was "Interference With Law Enforcement Officer."

The arrest follows Shawnee Co. District Attorney's efforts to oust Campos.

Both charges are class 8 felonies, according to court records.

In his petition, District Attorney Chad Taylor argues that "good cause" exists to suspend Campos until that case is heard and decided. His office wants the court to issue a declaratory judgement in its civil petition against Campos.

According to the petition, Campos was pulled over on March 31, 2014, and was ticketed for speeding and driving without insurance. A few days later, he went to the City's Legal Dept., showed them proof of insurance, and asked them to dismiss the charges.

The Geico insurance card, though, had been altered to look like he had purchased the insurance at 7:30 a.m. on March 31, instead of 7:30 p.m., the district attorney's office says.

About a week later, on April 9, the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office contacted Campos, who refused to meet authorities at the law enforcement center, but did agree to a phone interview.

In that interview, Campos allegedly told the detective he did not present a fraudulent proof of insurance card and that the appearance of an "a.m." on the card was caused by a smudge on his printer. He also refused to show police the original insurance card he took to the legal department, saying it had been shredded and thrown away.

When the detective asked Campos to retrieve the card from the trash, he was told the trash was not available. When asked when the trash was taken out, Campos reportedly told the detective that the answer was irrelevant and would not give an answer. He also refused a request to re-print the proof of insurance from the same printer.

Taylor's office argues Campos "engaged in fraudulent conduct with the intent to deceive employees of the City of Topeka's Legal Department" so he could avoid being prosecuted on the insurance charge. By shredding the proof of insurance, he destroyed evidence of a felony crime, it said.

Campos was elected to office April 2, 2013. He currently serves the 2nd District. He did not attend Monday's meeting regarding the county-wide half-cent sales tax.

13 News has reached out to Campos for comments. A city spokesperson referred all questions to the DA's office.


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