Wamego businessman gets 18 months in theft case

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A former executive officer of a Manhattan builders association has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing from the organization.

The Manhattan Mercury reports (http://bit.ly/1rVPmrM ) 45-year-old Tracy Shane Roberts of Wamego was sentenced on Monday on 30 charges of felony theft.

Authorities say Roberts wrote business checks from the Flint Hills Area Builders Association for personal use between 2008 and 2013. It’s unclear how much money they believe he stole.

Roberts had asked the judge for probation.

The association president says he is pleased with the decision and the organization is seeking nearly $137,000 from Roberts in a civil lawsuit.


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