Louis Hentzen, former chief court administrator for Sedgwick County, has admitted double-billing the county and state for travel expenses and has entered a pretrial diversion program.
keeps a clean record for a year, 11 misdemeanor charges of official misconduct will be dismissed and his
record cleared, according to court documents.
also will have to pay $3,185 in restitution to the county, perform 100 hours of community service and attend a theft counseling program.
The criminal charges were filed against Hentzen
on Nov 21.
The meal charges were part of about $20,000 in taxpayer-paid expenses that Hentzen
ran up while traveling on behalf of the courts or court-related professional associations.
The Eagle investigation found, and a Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe
confirmed, that Hentzen
paid for meals on his
county credit card on the same days he
claimed county or state per-diem payments that were supposed to cover the cost of his
Among the charges were tabs for $114 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, $128 at Tony Roma's at the Stardust casino in Las Vegas, and $331 at the Rusty Scupper on Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Prosecutor Ann Swegle said the Sedgwick County district attorney's office was prepared to take Hentzen to trial.
In the diversion agreement, Hentzen
"committed the acts which constitute the elements of the offenses of official misconduct."
is content with this compromise agreement because... it makes clear that Mr. Hentzen
is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing," Monnat
After The Eagle article, Hentzen
wrote the county a check for $1,800 and resigned his
The county never cashed the check because of the ongoing criminal prosecution.
Swegle said that not only is Hentzen
paying restitution for the 11 incidents cited in the criminal counts, he
also will pay back the county for 10 earlier incidents that couldn't be prosecuted because of a statute of limitations.
remains unemployed but is looking for work to comply with the terms of his
The agreement specifies that he
must be lawfully employed or in school while under supervision.