Leland Ray Kolkmeyer, the former treasurer of a northwest Missouri town’s fire and road districts, has been sentenced to three years in prison without parole for embezzling more than $1.5 million. United States District Judge Gary A. Fenner also ordered Kolkmeyer, who has already paid $1 million in restitution, to pay an additional $530,159. The sentence was announced on Monday afternoon and Kolkmeyer must surrender to federal authorities and begin serving his sentence on August 7. 2014.
Kolkmeyer, 58, of Wellington, Mo., pleaded guilty on November 20, 2013 to two counts of federal mail fraud and admitted to a total theft of $1,530,159. He resigned from his positions as the treasurer to the road and fire districts in February of last year after serving 15 years.
The government alleges that Kolkmeyer fraudulently transferred $939,485 from the road district’s bank accounts, and $590,674 from the fire district’s bank accounts, to his own personal accounts or to pay bills on his behalf. It is also believed that he used his position as treasurer of the districts to make false statements and material omissions concerning the stolen funds.
According to court documents, Kolkmeyer used the stolen money to for home improvements, vehicles, and weddings for his children. He told investigators that he never declared any of the stolen income to the Internal Revenue Service.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Becker.