Former Kansas police chief to change plea in gun scheme

Bel Aire Police Department (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Former Bel Air Police Chief John Daily plans to change his plea over his role in a scheme to buy and sell discounted firearms by falsely claiming they would be used for law enforcement purposes.

A notice posted Tuesday notified the court of his intention and set May 31 for the change-of-plea hearing.

Charges against two Bel Air police officers were initially filed in December 2014, and the investigation eventually ensnared the department’s police chief along with a third police officer. The indictment against one officer was dismissed in January.

Most charges involve wire fraud and mail fraud in connection with the alleged scheme.

Prosecutors allege the officers bought and sold numerous firearms by falsely certifying they were for law enforcement use and not resale – thereby avoiding paying taxes.

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