Former Kansas legislator charged with bank fraud

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas House member has been charged with using money from bank loans intended for cattle purchases to finance his political activities.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 40-year-old Trent K. LeDoux, a Republican from Holton, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of bank fraud and two counts of money laundering.

LeDoux did not immediately return a message seeking comment. It’s not known if he has a lawyer.

The indictment alleges that while in office, LeDoux obtained about $465,000 in loans from a Colby bank to buy cattle. He’s accused of depositing $15,000 of the money into his campaign account in December 2011, and $12,000 in August 20120.

LeDoux was appointed to fill a House vacancy in May 2011. He sought re-election the following year but lost the Republican primary.

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