FBI investigates Kansas Co. officials for misuse of COVID-19 money
FBI investigates Kansas Co.  officials for misuse of COVID-19 money

FBI investigates Kansas Co. officials for misuse of COVID-19 money

SHERMAN COUNTY (KSNT) – The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has announced that federal investigators are involved in investigating the case of improperly appropriated COVID-19 emergency relief money by local county officials.

The sheriff’s office acknowledges the coverage of the “alleged corruption” brought forward by 27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau in a Facebook post. According to the sheriff’s office, they are aware of the problem and have referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as this case involves federal funds.

The sheriff’s office goes on to say that the FBI is currently gathering information and evidence regarding this case and preparing their findings for presentation to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for a decision on prosecution.

Further details will not be released as this is an ongoing investigation. When the Kansas Capitol Bureau contacted the FBI to comment on the case, a representative said confirmed that no details would be released on current cases. Finally, the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office said they are ready to pursue charges locally should the need arise.

27 News’ Kansas Capitol Bureau first broke the story of the lack of COVID-19 relief money in Sherman County on June 22nd. A new update to the original story includes direct quotes from a “special meeting” of the Sherman County Board of Commissioners on June 23.

To view the full Facebook quote from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, see below:

Many Sherman County citizens have asked about the latest news about the alleged corruption in Sherman County. The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office is aware of this and has referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as this incident involved federal funds. The FBI has been investigating and gathering evidence in this case. They are preparing their findings for presentation to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the purpose of prosecuting. As this is an ongoing investigation, I can not comment on further details. Please know that the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office is ready to prosecute locally if necessary.

Sherman County Sherriff’s Office, Facebook page

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