The bizarre case of the reported mugging of Rep. Joe Edwards, R-Haysville, has gotten even more bizarre. In February, Edwards said that someone attacked him from behind as he entered his Topeka hotel room, knocked him unconscious and robbed him of about $250. But security cameras at the hotel didn’t show any attack. Edwards told the Topeka Capital-Journal that police investigators delved into the possibility he fabricated all or parts of the incident, a suspicion apparently fueled by the possibility that Edwards might have been involved in two prostitution cases in Wichita in 1997. The Eagle reported in March and August 1997 that charges were filed against a George F. Edwards II with the birthdate of Sept. 16, 1954. The lawmaker has the same name and birth date. Edwards told the Capital-Journal that he has no criminal record and no knowledge of those cases, and that it must have been a mix-up with another person with the same name. “That ain’t me,” he said. Officials with the Wichita Municipal Court and the Wichita Police Department were unable to locate records on the cases, which could mean that the records were expunged.
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