Former Westar executive Wittig pays $1 million fine

TOPEKA | The former head of a Kansas utility paid a $1 million fine associated with his federal conviction in a bank loan conspiracy.

Court documents show the payment was made Thursday.

Former Westar Energy chief executive David Wittig was fined and sentenced to four years in prison in February 2004. The sentence was later reduced to two years.

A federal jury convicted Wittig in July 2003 of loaning $1.5 million to former Topeka bank President Clinton Odell Weidner II, then helping him hide the transaction.

Wittig has spent years appealing his case.

Wittig is at a federal prison in Minnesota, serving the remaining 10 months of his sentence. He earlier served about 13 months at Sandstone, then was released in February 2007, pending the outcome of his appeal.