Retired Wichita police lieutenant sentenced for embezzlement, mail fraud

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A retired Wichita police lieutenant Wednesday was sentenced to two years on probation for filing false documents so he would be paid for providing armed engagement training for law enforcement officers, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. He also was ordered to pay $56,400 in restitution.

Kevin P. Vaughn, 52, Wichita, who retired in March 2015 after 28 years with the Wichita Police Department, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of public funds and one count of mail fraud.

In his plea, Vaughn admitted he falsified reports to make it appear his company, Red Mist Tactical, had completed all of 15 eight-hour classes as the company’s contract required. The money for the training came from a grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Kansas Highway Patrol and the North Central Regional Planning Commission.

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