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Former McConnell airman charged with fraud for collecting $55,000 in travel expenses

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 4:11 p.m.

Correction: The dates of the airman's service at McConnell were incorrect in a previous version of this story.

A former member of the Kansas Air National Guard who was assigned to McConnell Air Force Base was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for fraudulently collecting nearly $55,000 in travel reimbursements by claiming she lived in Arizona while she was working at McConnell.

Eledria J. Bradley, 28, Wichita, a senior airman, is charged with one count of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

The indictment alleges:

Bradley was a member of the Kansas Air National Guard and lived in Wichita in February 2009 when she received orders deploying her to McConnell effective April 11, 2009.

The indictment alleges Bradley accessed her file via virtual MPF, an online personnel system that military members can access and change their personal information, and changed her residential address from Wichita to Chandler, Ariz.

The change of address placed her outside the commuting distance for McConnell. As a result she received lodging and per diem benefits to which she was not entitled from April 11, 2009, to April 23, 2011, totaling $54,992.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

In other indictments handed down Wednesday:

• Oluwafunminiyi A. Adetunji, Wichita, is charged with four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of credit card fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2010 and 2011 in Sedgwick County.

The indictment alleges Adetunji fraudulently used names and credit card numbers belonging to other people to purchase a big screen television, a laptop computer and gold coins.

• Michael M. Smith, 24, Wichita, is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March in Sedgwick County.

• Justin L. Wolke, 30, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 9 in Hutchinson.

• Shawn Steele, 53, Wichita, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Sedgwick County.

• Darrin Walker, 48, and Angela Johnson, 50, both of Wichita, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone. In addition, Walker is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Feb. 15 in Sedgwick County.

• Fidel Guerra-Monjaraz, 42, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found April 15 in Sedgwick County.

• Ryan O’Malley, 26, and Alexandria Pierce, 23, both of Pittsburg, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 53.5 pounds of marijuana, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 31, 2011, in Crawford County.

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