Kansas Republican Behind Classroom “In God We Trust” Signs Found Guilty On 12 Felony COVID Fraud Charges

Hemant Mehta reports at Only Sky:

Michael Capps, a former Kansas lawmaker who once sponsored a bill to put the words “In God We Trust” in every federal building, has been found guilty of committing COVID relief fraud and money laundering. In 2018, the Republican was appointed to the Kansas State House and won his own election bid later that year.

Like other members of his party, he used his time in office to push Christianity on everyone. That’s why, in addition to his anti-trans and anti-abortion bills, Capps sponsored a bill to put “In God We Trust” in public buildings, including public schools. One of his campaign ads even opened with the line, “We’ve brought God back into our schools!”

From the Justice Department:

A federal jury convicted a Kansas man of defrauding federal and state agencies by a total of $355,550 in COVIID-19 business recovery funds.

Michael Capps, 44, of Wichita was found guilty of submitting false and fraudulent documents on behalf of his companies to Emprise Bank for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) loans, as well as to the Kansas Department of Commerce for Small Business Working Capital grants.

The jury convicted Capps of:
• one count of false statement to a bank for a PPP loan,
• one count of bank fraud – PPP loan,
• two counts of false statement to the SBA for EIDL loan,
• two counts of wire fraud SBA,
• two counts of wire fraud Kansas Department of Commerce, and
• four counts of money laundering.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan Metzger and Molly Gordon prosecuted the case.