A former Atchison County Jail captain accused of bilking local residents out of thousands of dollars is reportedly dead, and authorities have set about making sure that is true ahead of a case dismissal.

An obituary indicates Robert S. Beene, 60, who once lived in Atchison but had been residing in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, died May 3, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, Kentucky. The obituary is available via www.alexanderandroyalty.com/obituary/robert-beene.

Beene had been scheduled for a status hearing on Friday, May 10, in the District Court of Atchison County, concerning 15 felony counts concerning investment contracts allegedly tainted by securities fraud.

Beene’s court-appointed defense attorney, Judd Herbster, was present along with special prosecutor Stacy L. S. Edwards with the Office of the Kansas Attorney General. Edwards had filed the charges against Beene in June of 2018. Among other matters, the unregistered securities in this case had an association with pay-per-view buy-in points, sold for $5,000 per point, connected to the June 29, 2013, Global Warrior Challenge event at the Sprint Center of Kansas City, Missouri.

In Atchison court on Friday, Judge Robert Bednar told the attorneys that he was aware of the news that Beene had passed away. Bednar said he is preparing a dismissal of the charges against Beene, contingent on official confirmation of the defendant’s death.

In January, Beene’s attorney withdrew from the case, saying the fraud defendant hadn’t paid him for services rendered. Atchison Globe news accounts report Herbster was court-appointed in February following these events. Amid reports of Beene’s declining health and treatment in Kentucky, Herbster has appeared in court on behalf of his client at various times.

In February, Herbster presented a nurse’s letter that advised the court of Beene’s inability to travel due to a medical condition. In March, Herbster told the court he had received confirmation from a doctor that Beene suffered an illness that caused a leg condition.

The case was continued to April. During the April status hearing, Herbster advised of his understanding that Beene was confined to a wheelchair, and was on a list awaiting a kidney transplant. It was at that hearing when the matter was continued for a status hearing in May.

Beene formerly resided in Atchison and had served as jail captain in the earlier part of the 21st Century.

Atchison Police Department authorities investigated the allegations involving Beene that led to the charges filed against him by Kansas Securities Commission. Beene was arrested in September of 2018 in Kentucky on the district court warrant. Beene was intially transported to Atchison County Jail and was released on a $20,000 bond; he went back to Kentucky.

Mary Meyers can be reached

at mary.meyers@atchisonglobenow.com

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