Wichita police lieutenant charged with wire fraud

Heather Bachman (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – An indictment unsealed Tuesday charges a Wichita police lieutenant with making fraudulent reports so she would be paid for working a part-time job while she was on duty.

Heather D. Bachman, 40, Wichita, is charged with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a federal investigator.

The indictment accuses Bachman of defrauding the Wichita Police Department by working part time for Orion Security Services while on duty and being paid by the department.

A fraud count accuses her of sending an email to Orion making a claim for mileage, although she used a marked Wichita police patrol car. She also is alleged to have electronically filed a state tax return that didn’t accurately report part-time earnings.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each wire fraud count and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of making a false statement.

The City of Wichita released a statement Tuesday afternoon stating, “City officials do not comment on pending legal matters. However, the City can confirm Lt. Bachman is suspended without pay by the City of Wichita. City staff will continue to work with the United States Attorney’s Office on this matter.”

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