Ex-SEMO regent found dead in apparent suicide

Saturday, March 9, 2002

WASHINGTON, Mo. -- A former member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents facing charges in an alleged $23 million investment swindle died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

The body of lawyer William D. Kimme, 68, was found by his wife in his law office about 45 miles west of St. Louis. A handgun was recovered.

Federal prosecutors charged Kimme and three others with wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering in a Feb. 21 indictment. They allegedly promised U.S. and overseas investors returns as high as 160 percent through the purchase and trade of bogus notes.

Kimme was elected to a two-year term as Franklin County prosecutor in 1964. He also served on the St. Louis Sports Authority.

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