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Former Lawrence Mayor Admits to Stealing from Food Pantry

Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer (photo credit:

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former Lawrence mayor has admitted to stealing money from his old job as executive director of a food pantry. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 33-year-old Jeremy Farmer pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Topeka to one count of interstate transportation of stolen funds. He was hired at Just Food in 2011 and resigned from that position — and from his seat on the Lawrence City Commission — in August 2015. His resignation came about after it was revealed he had not paid more than $50,000 in federal and state payroll taxes on behalf of Just Food. At the time Farmer said the taxes were unpaid due to an oversight. Farmer now lives in Kansas City, Kansas. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

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