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Kansas: former candidate indicted for home downpayment

The Kansas City Channel reports: A former Republican candidate for Kansas' 3rd District seat in Congress pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to aiding and abetting wire fraud and converting campaign money for personal use.

Adam Taff, 40, who lost the 2004 Republican primary in a tight race against Kris Kobach, is accused of withdrawing $300,000 from campaign funds to cover a check for a down payment on a $1.2 million home owned by his boss, John D. Myers.

Myers, 48, of Leawood, also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud. Myers is founder and chairman of National Mortgage Co. Inc., where Taff was employed.

According to the indictment, Taff signed a contract on Dec. 15, 2003, to buy Myers' home in upscale Lake Quivira. In January 2004, Taff signed a loan application showing that he had personal assets that included two bank accounts with balances of $61,746 and $250,000 - both of which were his campaign accounts, the indictment says. -- TheKansasCityChannel.com - Politics - Taff Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Campaign Charges