Fraud case rocks Lander, Catholic College

 Fraud case rocks Lander, Catholic College

Wyoming Catholic College in Lander fired Paul McCown, its chief financial officer, after he was accused of defrauding an investment firm out of $15 million. (Photo by Matthew Copelan,

When Paul McCown came to Lander from Michigan in 2018 to take over the finances of tiny Wyoming Catholic College, he quickly made a strong impression. He served on the town planning commission, became treasurer of the Lander Economic Development Association and told some he planned to run for the seat of longtime Wyoming State Sen. Cale Case (R-Lander).

Many were impressed with his fresh ideas and unbridled enthusiasm about the future of the ambitious young college, as well as his vision of the business potential of his new hometown.

“He was just an outstanding CFO,” said David Kellogg, chairman of the college’s board. “He really understood the numbers, and presented them well to the board….

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