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Archive for Friday, October 20, 1995

DAS OFFICE WILL LOSE ATTORNEYS

October 20, 1995

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The Douglas County District Attorney's Office will lose 15 years of prosecuting experience in local courts later this month.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Diehl and Assistant Dist. Atty. Gayle Larkin will leave the prosecutor's office Oct. 27.

Diehl, a local prosecutor since 1985, has accepted a position with the Office of Disciplinary Administrator in Topeka. That office is responsible for investigating complaints against Kansas attorneys and disciplining them.

Larkin, who has worked in the district attorney's office for five years, is going to work in the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Unit in the Kansas Attorney General's Office. The special unit, which was recently established by Atty. Gen. Carla Stovall, is charged with investigating Medicaid fraud and some patient abuse cases.

"This is something that is new to Kansas," Larkin said of her new position. "It's a chance to go and make it (the unit) what it's going to become. It's not limited by what it has been in the past."

Dist. Atty. Mark Knight said resumes are being accepted to fill the upcoming vacancies.

"Hopefully we'll make a good decision soon," Knight said. "They are fine employees. We're going to miss them both."

Diehl, Knight's first assistant, has prosecuted cases in all divisions of the local court. Larkin's duties have included domestic cases, initial court appearances and appeals from local cases.

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