Crime & Courts

Wichita police lieutenant has first court appearance on charges

Wichita police Lt. Heather Bachman has been charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a federal investigator, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.
Wichita police Lt. Heather Bachman has been charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a federal investigator, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. File photo

Wichita police Lt. Heather Bachman had her first appearance in federal court Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and making a false statement.

The court entered a not-guilty plea for Bachman, 40. She is free on a $25,000 unsecured bond, according to court records.

A court order setting conditions for her release said that all firearms would be removed from her residence “until further order of the court.”

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced that Bachman had been charged with making fraudulent reports to get “paid for working a part-time job while she was on duty.”

Bachman is charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a federal investigator, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. The alleged crimes occurred over the past two years, the indictment said. The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.

The Police Department said Tuesday that Bachman has been suspended without pay.

She is a former homicide detective who helped investigate the 2006 murder of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks. In 2010, she gave a presentation to the City Council about efforts to fight graffiti; in 2011, she was recognized for being part of a community college diversity leadership program. She also has experience in hostage negotiations.

The federal indictment accuses her of defrauding the Police Department by working part time for Orion Security Services while on duty and being paid by the Police Department. Authorities allege that she “committed wire fraud by emailing timesheets to Orion.”

She is charged with making a false statement to an FBI investigator that she did not use a police car to transport someone for her part-time job.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter

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