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AG Derek Schmidt names former Allen County sheriff to lead fraud and elder abuse investigations

Release Date: Jul 31, 2018

TOPEKA – (July 31, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today announced that he has named former Allen County Sheriff Thomas R. Williams to lead his office’s fraud and abuse investigations.

“Tom Williams has had a distinguished career in law enforcement, and I’m delighted he has agreed to continue his contributions to public safety by joining the Office of the Attorney General,” Schmidt said. “Tom’s wide range of experience will be a great asset to the attorney general’s office as we work to increase our capacity to investigate and prosecute cases of fraud and abuse, particularly when those crimes are committed against Kansas seniors.”

Williams served as sheriff of Allen County from 2005 to 2013, when he became an Allen County commissioner. He began his law enforcement career in his hometown with the Arkansas City Police Department. He then served 20 years in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation prior to being elected sheriff. Williams has also taught criminal justice classes at Allen Community College.

In 2011, Schmidt appointed Williams to serve on the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Board, which provides victims with financial assistance for out-of-pocket losses sustained as a result of violent crime. Williams has announced his intention to resign as a member of the Allen County Commission and the Crime Victims Compensation Board to accept his new position in the attorney general’s office.

Williams will begin his position as Special Agent in Charge in the Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division in August.

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