Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Smaller Lindemuth Firms Scrutinized in Testimony

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Smaller Lindemuth Firms Scrutinized in Testimony

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Kent D. Lindemuth's former lawyer in his multimillion-dollar bankruptcy case testified Wednesday that a series of small Lindemuth-owned non-real estate companies -- the source of funds to buy more than 2,000 firearms -- weren't tied into the consolidated bankruptcy case of Lindemuth's real estate companies.

Lindemuth has contended he bought 2,166 firearms valued at $1.422 million with money from the smaller companies, which weren't part of the bankruptcy.

Lindemuth didn't testify during the trial.

Neil Sader, who earlier had been Lindemuth's bankruptcy attorney, was the second and last witness called by the Lindemuth defense. Sader was the defense expert witness focusing on bankruptcy issues.

At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, defense attorney William Skepnek said the defense would rest.

Then, assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway said he wouldn't call any rebuttal witnesses.

Jurors were excused for the rest of Wednesday. Court will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday when U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree will read instructions to jurors, then prosecution and defense attorneys will make closing arguments.

Instructions and arguments likely will require all Thursday morning. Then jurors will begin deliberating the case.

Lindemuth, 65, of Topeka, is charged with 107 counts of bankruptcy fraud, six counts of money laundering, one count each of perjury and receipt of ammunition, and two counts of receipt of firearms.

Lindemuth is charged with 103 counts of bankruptcy fraud in the purchase of 103 firearms, which weren't disclosed as part of his bankruptcy estate, according to court records.

Three of the 117 counts will be tried in a second trial soon after the first trial ends. In the bankruptcy fraud charges, Hathaway alleges Lindemuth concealed assets in his bankruptcy estate.

"It was a very complex case," Sader, the expert witness, said of the Lindemuth bankruptcy case. It included 175 commercial properties, about 20 secured creditors, bank accounts, taxes, insurance on properties, and secured and unsecured creditors, Sader said. …

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