Retired Wichita Police Lt. Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement, Mail Fraud
WICHITA, KAN. - A retired Wichita police lieutenant pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing false documents so he would be paid $56,400 for providing armed engagement training for law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Kevin P. Vaughn, 51, Wichita, Kan., who retired in March 2015 after 28 years with the Wichita Police Department, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of public funds and one count of mail fraud.
In his plea, Vaughn admitted he falsified reports to make it appear his company, Red Mist Tactical, had completed all of 15 eight-hour classes as the company’s contract required. The money for the training came from a grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) to the Kansas Highway Patrol and the North Central Regional Planning Commission.
Vaughn admitted he:
Falsely reported conducting training in McPherson, Kan., on May 27 and May 28, 2015. In fact, the training sessions took place on June 3 and 4, 2015, after the deadline in the contract for the training to be completed. He forged officers’ signatures on sign-up sheets.
Falsely reported conducting eight hours of training on May 22, 2015, during the Wichita Police Department Ladies Range Day. In fact, the training lasted four hours and it was not approved by the police department.
Falsely reported offering training in Sumner County on April 27 and May 1, 2015. In fact, there was no training on those days.
Falsely reported offering training in Sumner County on April 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2015. In fact, there was no training on those days.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 16. He faces a penalty of up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the embezzlement count, and up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the wire fraud count.
Beall commended the FBI, the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett for their work on the case.