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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Mason Admits Embezzling From Kansas City York Rite Bodies

Back in March, the US Attorney's Office in Kansas City, MO announced the federal indictment of Freemason Kirk McDaniel for embezzling $284,675 from the local York Rite bodies.

On Monday he pled guilty to the charges.

From from June 2000 through September 2005, he served as Secretary for Oriental Commandery #35 Knights Templar, Orient Chapter #102 Royal Arch Masons, and Shekinah Council #24 Cryptic Masons.

From an AP story on the KCTV-5 in Kansas City website, "Kansas man admits embezzling from Masons":

A northeast Kansas man has admitted embezzling nearly $285,000 from a Missouri-based Masonic organization he served as an officer.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas City says that 75-year-old Kirk McDaniel faces up to 30 years in prison following his guilty plea Monday.

McDaniel is a resident of Prairie Village, Kan. As the secretary of the York Rite Masonic Bodies in Kansas City, he also took over some duties of the treasurer, such as writing checks and transferring funds between accounts.

McDaniel admitted that from June 2000 through late 2005, he transferred nearly $285,000 from the organization into private investment and bank accounts he opened. Prosecutors say McDaniel has paid back about $105,000.

A sentencing date will be scheduled later.


  1. As forgiving a bunch as we are, SOMETIMES you kinda wish the Obligations were more than symbolic......He better not get a book deal out of this.

  2. Wonder what happened to the "annual audit" concept ?.


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