The former mayor of Grandview, Missouri, will spend one year and one day in federal prison after being sentenced after a fraud conviction.
Stephen Dennis, 51, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty in February to using a non-profit company he controlled as a tax-exempt charity, and soliciting funds for himself, the Kansas City Star reports.
In pleading guilty, the former mayor of Grandview admitted he defrauded $35,000 from the International House of Prayer, a Kansas City-based prayer group. He told the International House the money would be used by his charity, Matters of the Heart, to help the elderly and poor, but Dennis transferred the money to his personal account.
According the criminal complaint, Dennis also received $20,000 from RED Legacy LLC, a development company. This money was to be for a scholarship for Dennis’ daughter, but, again, Dennis used it personally.
Dennis was also ordered by Senior U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs to pay a $5,000 fine. According to the Kansas City Star report, Dennis was spared financial restitution on the request of the victim organizations.
The former mayor of Grandview resigned from office on January 10, in the middle of his second term.
Dennis will begin his prison sentence on September 15, according the the Kansas City Business Journal.