Last Updated on March 11th, 2017
March 11th, 2017
Written by Chuck Samples
Authorities in Topeka say the developer at the heart of a massive bankruptcy fraud case had stored lots of guns in a storage facility.
Kent Lindemuth allegedly had close to 2,200 weapons at the facility. Authorities say the guns had a market value approaching $1.5 million, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
Lindemuth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection over four years ago. Last year, he was charged with over 100 counts of bankruptcy fraud because 103 pistols with an estimated value of over $80,000 were allegedly bought between August 2013 and December 2014 while his bankruptcy case was working through court. The money used to buy the firearms was never disclosed, according to prosecutors. He was prohibited from owning firearms after a Sept. 28 conviction of criminal threat following a dispute with an Oklahoma trucking company owner.
More charges were added in December after allegations $1.75 million stored in separate bank and credit union accounts were not divulged to bankruptcy court, creditors and the US trustee overseeing the case.
Lindemuth's name became widespread locally after selling a long-vacant lot at 923 Commercial to Rick Mitchell and Dave Markowitz last month. The local investors plan to build a 40-room hotel at that location. At last check, Lindemuth owns over 10 properties in Emporia.