TOPKEA, Kan. - The former treasurer of a northeast Kansas fire district has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling funds from the district.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office announced Monday that Richard P. Bontrager, 68, of Holton was sentenced after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $427,000 from the Mayetta Rural Fire district between 2008 and 2012.
Prosecutors say Bontrager wrote checks payable to R&S Services, a fictitious entity he created to deposit the checks in his personal account at a bank. Bontrager said he began writing the checks in 2008 with forged signatures of fire district board members.
In addition, Bontrager falsified loan documents to arrange payments from the district for a utility vehicle and pickup truck.
Bontrager was ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution.