Judge sets August trial for former insurance agent

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas insurance agent accused of stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders faces a late summer trial.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Thursday set an Aug. 27 trial for 41-year-old Jason Matthew Pennington, of Bel Aire.

A 51-count indictment accuses Pennington of defrauding policyholders and lying to beneficiaries to cover the thefts. He is charged with wire fraud, attempted wire fraud, money laundering, attempted bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution.

He has been released on a $25,000 bond pending trial.

His 65-year-old father, James L. Pennington, of Wichita, is charged with four counts of filing false tax returns. He is out on a $10,000 bond.

The younger Pennington was a State Farm Insurance agent from June 2000 until June 2010.

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