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Kansas: "Ethics commission accuses legislator of misusing funds"

AP reports: A Johnson County legislator faces her second ethics complaint in five months, this one accusing her of misusing campaign funds.

Her attorney said Thursday her problems are more fallout from an abusive relationship.

The complaint before the Governmental Ethics Commission accuses Rep. Patricia Kilpatrick, R-Overland Park, of mingling campaign funds with personal funds, converting campaign funds to personal use, failing to report contributions and failing to keep detailed campaign finance records. She could face $120,000 in fines.

The commission has scheduled a hearing in her case for Dec. 13. In June, it fined her $4,000 after concluding that she had filed an inaccurate finance report for her 2004 campaign, and she has paid $600 of the penalty, the commission said.

In that first case, Kilpatrick said she had made mistakes in the wake of her escape as a mother of two from an abusive relationship. On Thursday, her attorney, Scott Hattrup, of Olathe, said Kilpatrickā€™s former fiance had gained access to her campaign accounts and had stolen money from her. -- Ethics commission accuses legislator of misusing funds | LJWorld.com

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