Wednesday, January 21, 2015

STATE NEWS: Former Technology Director for City of Lenexa sentenced for wire fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - The former technology director for the City of Lenexa was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison for wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. The defendant also was ordered to pay more than $103,000 in restitution.

Andrew L. Davey, 44, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred from 2010 to 2012 while he was the director of technology for the City of Lenexa.

After he left the city to take another job, city officials discovered he had purchased numerous electronic devices, such as iPads, computers, digital cameras and televisions which he gave to friends, traded for other merchandise or services, or sold on eBay and kept the proceeds.

For instance, he gave iPads to members of his church, and traded an iPad to another city employee for wheels and tires.

The other employee was not aware the iPad belonged to the city. He gave his mother a 50-inch television and iPad that were purchased with city funds. He told her the equipment was obsolete and the city no longer needed it.

Grissom commended the Lenexa Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.