Wichita man who posed as veterinarian given probation

Danny Thomas (Courtesy: Sedgwick Co. Jail)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who pretended to be a veterinarian and stole thousands of dollars in fraud schemes was sentenced to five years’ probation.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office announced Monday that 49-year-old Danny Thomas also was ordered to pay $6,559 to his victims and $29,347 to the Kansas Department of Labor for unemployment benefits he should not have received.

Prosecutors say Thomas said he was Chase McKnight and passed forged checks to buy equipment for a pet-care facility that didn’t exist.

Thomas pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery, three counts of identity theft, one count of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft. In exchange for his plea, the district attorney agreed not to file fraud charges for the stolen unemployment benefits.

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