A former Junction City mayor has been sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison for taking bribes from a Lawrence developer who later received at least $12 million in municipal contracts to build housing in the city.
Michael R. “Mick” Wunder, 53, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers to forfeit $19,000 and pay a special assessment of $900.
Wunder had been convicted in October of charges including bank fraud, perjury, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and unlawfully using his position as a commissioner to obtain money and other properties.
His crimes came in connection with David Ray Freeman, who had befriended Wunder in 2004 as Freeman sought to land construction contracts in Junction City, a community then wanting hundreds of homes to accommodate the return of the Army’s Big Red One from Europe.
Freeman, who awaits sentencing after earlier pleading guilty to conspiracy, has testified that he had Wunder “in his pocket” by paying Wunder and his wife $19,000. Freeman’s company, Big D Development, also had set aside a prime lot in one of its developments for Wunder.