Former Lawrence mayor pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Jeremy Farmer, via the City of Lawrence, Kansas website.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Lawrence mayor has pleaded not guilty to a federal embezzlement charge, but his attorney says his client might reconsider.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Jeremy Farmer is accused of stealing money from Just Food, a Lawrence food bank, and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Farmer, who was hired as executive director of Just Food in 2011, embezzled money from the nonprofit food agency beginning in 2013 and ending in 2015. He is accused of taking more than $55,000 in funds.

Farmer appeared in federal court in Topeka on Thursday to face one charge of interstate travel of embezzled funds.

Farmer was released on $5,000 bond.



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