Feds drop fraud charges against former Kansas police officer

Federal firearms charges have been dropped against a former Bel Aire police officer.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed charges against a former Bel Aire police officer accused in a scheme to buy  discounted firearms by falsely claiming they would be used for law enforcement purposes.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren dismissed on Thursday at the government’s request mail and wire fraud charges against Nathan Mavia just weeks before his trial.

Prosecutors declined to comment on their reasons.

His defense attorney says Mavia did not do anything that was criminal, and that both sides realized this was the fair thing to do.

Mavia worked in the department from February 2012 until June 2014.

Former Bel Aire Police Chief John Daily and two of his ex-officers, Robert McCaslin and Ricky Swanson, face trial on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

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