KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The former mayor of Grandview has pleaded guilty to a federal charge accusing him of using a fake charity to steal about $35,000 from a nonprofit.
The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri says in a release that Stephen S. Dennis pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud. Dennis resigned in January as mayor of Grandview, a Kansas City suburb with about 25,000 residents.
Prosecutors say Dennis admitted to taking $35,000 in contributions from International House of Prayer Forerunner Christian Fellowship, a nonprofit organization in Grandview. Prosecutors say the money was supposed to go toward a nonprofit Dennis set up called Matters of the Heart, but instead went to Dennis' personal use.
Sentencing hasn't been set for Dennis, who was released on his own recognizance.