Feds charge former Lawrence mayor with embezzlement

Jeremy Farmer (Courtesy: KSNT)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer has been charged with stealing money from his old job as executive director at a food pantry.

A criminal information filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas charges Farmer with one count of interstate travel of embezzled funds. The filing also seeks a forfeiture judgment.

Court records do not indicate a defense attorney, and a phone number for Farmer was disconnected.

Federal prosecutors allege Farmer embezzled more than $5,000 from Just Food beginning in 2013 until he resigned from the nonprofit food pantry and as mayor in August 2015.

Farmer left those positions after it was revealed he had not paid about $50,000 in federal payroll taxes. He said at the time it was an oversight that the taxes weren’t paid.

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