Judge denies bifurcated divorce to Vikki Lindemuth, husband Kent

Lindemuth divorce trial scheduled for November

The judge authorized up to a $200,000 payment for Kent Lindemuth’s, pictured, criminal defense fund and ordered that it be cleared through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s trustee. (2016 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

At times, remarks were pointed Monday during the divorce pre-trial hearing of Topeka businessman Kent D. Lindemuth and Vikki Lindemuth in Shawnee County District Court.

 

Vikki Lindemuth believes it’s important to be a former wife of Kent Lindemuth, attorney Margie Wakefield said of her client.

She needs to be separate from “this man,” who has dragged down “her name and credibility,” Wakefield said.

Vikki Lindemuth had sought an emergency divorce and a bifurcated divorce in which a divorce is granted, and the details including the settlement of property are decided later. Kent Lindemuth has opposed it.

The Lindemuths won’t receive a bifurcated divorce, Chief Judge Evelyn Wilson ruled Monday.

Wilson suggested the Lindemuths consider bringing a “special master” into the divorce action. The two sides have until July 31 to consider hiring a special master, then to respond to Wilson.

Wilson noted a special master might have expertise in bankruptcy and the division of businesses, referring to the complexities of the ongoing Lindemuth bankruptcy.

Wilson suggested the Lindemuths individually and collectively consider who the special master would be. It’s important to have someone who can sift through and make sense of real estate and businesses involved in the Lindemuth properties, she said.

Also on Monday, Kent Lindemuth was seeking $200,000 to pay attorneys and experts hired to represent him in his pending criminal case in U.S. District Court.

Kent Lindemuth needs experts in that case, and as the case has progressed, the urgency for experts is “more and more dramatic,” his attorney Bethany Roberts said.

All of Kent Lindemuth’s funds are part of the bankruptcy case, and he doesn’t have a separate fund to borrow from, Roberts said. The judge asked what assurance Vikki Lindemuth has that if he borrows from the “marital fund,” she would receive $200,000 back.

Roberts said the net Lindemuth assets are $16 million to $20 million.

The judge authorized up to a $200,000 payment for Kent Lindemuth’s criminal defense fund and ordered that it be cleared through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s trustee.

The judge also ordered the Lindemuths to undergo depositions prior to the divorce trial.

The six-day divorce trial before Wilson will start on Nov. 6.

The Lindemuths, who have lived in separate residences for 14 years, have been married almost 44 years.

Kent Lindemuth has been convicted in Shawnee County District Court on one count of criminal threat and has a pending federal case alleging 117 felony charges, including bankruptcy fraud and money laundering linked to the purchase of thousands of firearms.

Contact reporter Steve Fry at (785) 295-1206 or @TCJCourtsNCrime on Twitter.

 

More

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:20

Woman admits to 3 Wichita robberies, threatening employees

WICHITA — A woman has admitted that she threatened employees and robbed three Wichita businesses within a year.

Read more
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:20

Kobach: Kansas election systems not targeted by hackers

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says federal officials have told his office that the state’s election systems were not targeted by... Read more

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 22:19

Suspect jailed in fatal Hutchinson shooting

HUTCHINSON — Police are investigating the shooting death of a Hutchinson man.

Read more