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February 17, 1996


A former Lawrence resident is facing federal prosecution for his alleged embezzlement of nearly $19,000 from the Mercantile Bank of Lawrence.

Brian L. Linsner, 26, Goodland, was charged in a federal complaint filed Thursday by U.S. Atty. Jackie N. Williams.

The information alleges that between March 9 and Dec. 30, 1995, Linsner, a credit analyst at the bank, stole $18,978 from the bank. He is alleged to have embezzled the money from various general ledger accounts and then credited it to his personal bank account.

John Elmore, president of Mercantile Bank, said Linsner worked at the bank from May 1991 to January 1996.

Lisner's case was investigated by the FBI.

Williams also announced Friday that a DeSoto man, George Hand, 57, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., on one count of making a false statement.

The charge alleged that Hand claimed on a report to the Railroad Retirement Board that he had not worked since he started receiving a railroad retirement disability annuity on June 25, 1978. The grand jury found that Hand earned $10,560 between January 1989 and November 1990 while employed by a delivery service.

If convicted, Hand faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, without parole, and a $250,000 fine. The case was investigated by the Railroad Retirement Board.

Information on future court dates for Linsner and Hand was unavailable Friday.

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