Crime & Courts

FBI asked to help with county fraud investigation

The outside of the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main in downtown Wichita is seen in September 2015.
The outside of the Sedgwick County Courthouse at 525 N. Main in downtown Wichita is seen in September 2015. File photo

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office has asked for the FBI’s help in investigating fraud that cost the county government more than half a million dollars.

Lt. Lin Dehning, in an e-mail announcing the federal agency’s assistance, said no other information would be released immediately “in order to protect the integrity of an intricate investigation.”

The total loss to the county is $566,088.90, according to a law enforcement report documenting the case. Authorities and county officials have refused to say which department the fraud occurred in or name a suspect or suspects.

“It is an intricate investigation, and we are still trying to determine everything that happened,” Dehning said by phone.

The FBI, among its roles, investigates violations of federal law, which includes crimes carried out across state lines.

Dehning on Wednesday said the county notified the sheriff’s office of the thefts, which stretch back to at least Sept. 23, at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The case is listed on the sheriff’s office’s daily blotter as theft by deception at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main.

In addition to state court, the building is home to several county offices.

No one has been arrested in connection with the case, Dehning said.

Richard Durham, deputy chief financial officer, reported the fraud, according to the law enforcement report. He works in the county’s finance department.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker, aleiker@wichitaeagle.com

Daniel Salazar: 316-269-6791, @imdanielsalazar, dsalazar@wichitaeagle.com

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