WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A former state district magistrate judge in southeast Kansas has pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of embezzling about $24,000.
The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas says in a release that Bill W. Lyerla of Galena pleaded guilty Monday to six counts of wire fraud.
Lyerla was a magistrate judge for the state’s Eleventh Judicial District from 1991 until he resigned in 2014.
The prosecutor’s office says Lyerla admitted that he embezzled the money from the Kansas District Magistrate Judges Association while he was that organization’s elected treasurer.
He faces up to 30 years in prison when he’s sentenced in July. He could also be fined up to $1 million on each count.