Kansas CPA accused of defrauding business client

Photo courtesy of Dave Bergmeier.

A Kansas man made his initial appearance April 24 before a federal judge following an indictment for defrauding clients of his accounting firm.

According to court documents, Quintin Flanagin, 43, of Colby, is charged with seven counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, two counts of false statements, and six counts of money laundering. The announcement on the charges was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Wichita.

Flanagin, a certified public accountant, is part owner of the accounting firm, Williams Consulting. The owners of Diamond M. Farms in Thomas County contracted the firm to perform CPA duties for the company. Flanagin acted as signatory for Diamond M Farms bank accounts and prepared payroll.

Flanagin created a fictitious business called Middle Finger Ranch and added the company name to his personal bank account. Between December 2021 and August 2022, the defendant allegedly wrote multiple checks and initiated wire transfers totaling approximately $409,710 from Diamond M. Farms to Middle Finger Ranch under the guise of being payments for farm operations.

In 2021, Flanagin hired a construction company to build him a new house. The transaction records indicate he paid the contractor from the Middle Finger Ranch bank account within days of the funds being transferred from Diamond M. Farms.

The defendant made his initial court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gwynne E. Birzer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katie Andrusak is prosecuting the case.