Former Lee's Summit man Ragland gets 14 years in mortgage fraud scheme
There are 1 comment on the Kansas City Business Journal story from Nov 19, 2010, titled Former Lee's Summit man Ragland gets 14 years in mortgage fraud scheme. In it, Kansas City Business Journal reports that:
A former Leea TMs Summit resident who pleaded guilty to charges in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison, one of the heaviest sentences among the more than a dozen conspirators.
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#1 Nov 19, 2010
While I realize your article was merely a cut and paste from the US Attorney's office press release, I would hope that you would at least verify the facts before posting it...<br>Simply this, this guy plead guilty to mail fraud and money laundering, not theft (and was never charged with theft).
Then for added benefit, it should be noted that the dollar amount involved is still (even after conviction) a matter of dispute. His defense found that the items in question could have been purchased through a GSA approved vendor for less than half of what of what the government claimed they were worth...
If the government persists in its claim that the items were worth that amount, perhaps someone should investigate who was getting all that extra money (the difference between the amount claimed by the government and what his defense team found through its own research)!
Illegal acts by anyone should not be condoned, but we should make sure we have all the information and that it has been verified.
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