A former Bel Aire police chief and a former officer were indicted Tuesday on federal firearms charges.
An indictment alleges “they conspired to buy firearms at a discount by claiming the weapons were the property of the police department and would be used for law enforcement purposes,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement.
The former police chief, John R. Daily, 62, of Haysville, and Ricky L. Swanson, 39, of Wichita, are both charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, Grissom’s office said. They are the third and fourth defendants charged in the case. Nathan A. Mavia, 26, and Robert McCaslin, 41, both of Wichita, were previously charged.
The indictment alleges that Daily, police chief from May 2006 to December 2013, “signed paperwork for the purchase of three Sig Sauer Model 716 Patrol, 7.62 mm rifles, falsely stating that the military style weapons were being purchased for use by the police department and would not be sold,” the office said.
“In fact, the rifles were not approved for officers to carry on duty,” the office said. “By misrepresenting the rifles as police department property, the defendants were able to take advantage of special pricing and tax exemptions.”
The indictment accuses Swanson, a Bel Aire officer from November 2006 to December 2013, of ignoring an interim chief’s directions to cancel the order, the statement said. “Instead he directed two of the rifles to be delivered to another location so he could take possession. He kept one of the rifles and sold the other one.”
Daily and Swanson face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count, if convicted, the office said.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department investigated, and the charges are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett.