Former St. Joseph Superintendent Admits to Wire Fraud

Jun 13, 2016

Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri
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 A former St. Joseph school district superintendent who was overpaid more than $660,000 in pension payments has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

The U.S. attorney's office says 70-year-old Dan Colgan, of St. Joseph, faces one year and one day in prison under the plea he entered Monday in federal court in Kansas City.

Through the plea, Colgan admitted that his salary was improperly inflated to increase his retirement benefits.

He must pay $662,660 in restitution before his sentencing hearing. Colgan is free on bond, and the hearing hasn't been scheduled.

He served as superintendent from 1992 to 2005, and then on the school board from 2010 until March 2015. His tenure on the board ended about one month after the district received a highly critical state audit.