Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud

Steve Dennis will serve 366 days in federal prison

Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison on Monday.

Dennis is due to report Sept. 15, and he will be on probation for three years after serving his sentence.

Dennis suddenly resigned in January 2014 . In January, two city leaders confirmed the FBI questioned them about former Mayor Dennis’ involvement with a now defunct nonprofit . Two of Dennis’ former colleagues on the Grandview Board of Aldermen submitted complaints against him for falsely listing them as being on the board of directors for the organization “Matters of the Heart Inc.” 41 Action News confirmed at least four aldermen received a visit from the FBI. 

According to Steve Dennis' campaign finance file, an FBI agent requested to review the documents in August 2013. More than half of Dennis' campaign contributions came from LLCs created by Dan Lowe, the founder and managing partner at RED Legacy. 

Dennis pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court in February. He was convicted of taking $35,000 worth of donations from the International House of Prayer under a bogus charity using it for his personal expenses .

It was also discovered the developer RED gave the mayor’s daughter two $10,000 “scholarships,” which, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, were spent on personal expenses.

Both the International House of Prayer and RED have waived restitution. 

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