A federal grand jury has indicted a Blue Springs man for alleged money laundering in connection with his wife, who has already been sentenced for embezzling nearly $825,000 from her Sugar Creek employer.

A federal grand jury has indicted a Blue Springs man for alleged money laundering in connection with his wife, who has already been sentenced for embezzling nearly $825,000 from her Sugar Creek employer.

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Tuesday that Thomas D. Hutchens, 40, of Blue Springs, has been charged in an eight-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on April 20. That indictment was unsealed and made public Tuesday following Hutchens’ initial court appearance.

According to the indictment, Hutchens conducted financial transactions with money that his wife, Shanna M. Hutchens, had embezzled from her employer, Richardson Hauling, Inc., of Sugar Creek.

Thomas Hutchens is charged with eight counts of engaging in monetary transactions with funds that he knew were derived from criminal activity.

Shanna Hutchens, 37, pleaded guilty in February 2010 to embezzling $824,394 between September 2004 and October 2008 and was sentenced in November to 46 months in federal prison.

During that time, the indictment says, they filed joint tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and their adjusted gross income ranged from $1,886 to $62,731. Also during that time, the indictment says, $522,234 was deposited into Thomas Hutchens’ bank account.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Mahoney. It was investigated by the FBI and the Sugar Creek Police Department.

Shanna Hutchens worked as bookkeeper for Richardson Hauling. According to her guilty plea, after she was hired in December 2004, Hutchens wrote company checks to herself and her husband and forged the business owner’s signatures on the checks. She deposited the checks into her personal bank or cashed the checks.

She also drafted cashier’s checks on the account of Richardson Hauling that were made out to herself or her husband. She cashed or deposited the checks into her own account.

Hutchens earned $11,000 a year for part-time employment at Richardson.

Hutchens used the money to buy a bigger house and $30,000 for professional interior decoration. She also leased at least 20 vehicles and water craft. She also paid for cruises, Kansas City Chiefs season tickets, a personal trainer, multiple trips to Las Vegas and a rental lake house in Warsaw, Mo.

After she was caught, Hutchens sold numerous items to buy her son a Chevrolet Blazer, pay for professional installation of Christmas lights on her house and pay for a family cruise to the Bahamas in January.