Topeka councilman accepts diversion agreement

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Topeka city councilman has reached a diversion agreement that resolves a misdemeanor charge that stemmed from campaign paperwork.

The Capital-Journal reports that Chad Manspeaker signed the deal Friday. Assistant District Attorney J. Todd Hiatt said the agreement calls for the charge to be dismissed if Manspeaker successfully completes the diversion program.

Manspeaker acknowledges in the agreement that he failed to include all his substantial interests in a statement he filed last June as part of a failed campaign for a Shawnee County Commission seat. Manspeaker said in a statement issued Friday that in signing the agreement, he acknowledged that he “erroneously omitted my wife’s vendor cart business.” Manspeaker said the business was only a month old at the time and that the omission was “out of confusion.”

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