Archive for Friday, October 2, 2009

Former Junction City mayor convicted of bribery

October 2, 2009


— The former mayor of Junction City has been found guilty of bribery after he admitted taking money from a developer.

A federal court jury in Topeka convicted 52-year-old Michael R. Wunder on Friday on one count of conspiracy, four counts of unlawfully using his position for personal gain, three counts of bank fraud and a count of perjury.

He was acquitted on a count of evading bank secrecy laws and a bribery count.

Wunder was accused of accepting $19,000 in cash and gifts from Lawrence developer Ray Freeman. Freeman wanted and was awarded contracts, valued at more than $12 million, to develop housing on the west side of Junction City for troops and families at Fort Riley.

Wunder admitted taking the money in a conversation recorded by investigators, but said it was for his wife’s medical bills.

Wunder is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 10.


Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

By Steve Fry October 2, 2009 - 1:29pm

A U.S. District Court jury took only three hours to deliberate Friday morning before they convicted former Junction City Mayor Michael "Mick" Wunder, 52, of nine federal charges.

Jurors convicted Wunder of:

  • One count of conspiracy.

  • Four counts of unlawfully using his position as a Junction City commissioner to obtain money and other properties.

  • Three counts of bank fraud.

  • One count of perjury.

The jury acquitted Wunder of one count of structuring financial transactions to evade the Bank Secrecy Act requiring reports on transactions of $10,000 or more; and one count of unlawfully using his position as a Junction City commissioner to obtain money and other property.

Wunder, who remained free following the convictions, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10.

The U.S. Attorney's Office accused Wunder of taking $19,000 and receiving entertainment on theCountry Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., and seeking a free house and lot in exchange for information so a Lawrence contractor could get a $5 million restoration project on the Junction City Opera House and to get the Junction City Commission votes so another Lawrence firm would get contracts to build two housing projects worth $12 million.

About noon Friday, the jury of six women and six men notified the court that they had reached verdicts. After Wunder returned to the courthouse, court resumed at 12:40 p.m.

funinsun1 8 years, 4 months ago

With such close ties to Lawrence - I hope the Lawrence District Attorney is looking at potential corruption issues right here in Lawrence - it is funny how those two companies could grow so large in this town and other "developers" struggle.... Perhaps, hard work and good planning - but tigers dont change their stripes.

Keith 8 years, 4 months ago

Hey Merrill,

How about you credit the news org you stole that article from?

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