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Western District of Missouri

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‘Miracle Cars' scheme targeted
churches, religious groups

This site was designed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri to provide information to the victims of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme involving the sale of estate cars, or "miracle cars."

Notice to Victims
March 17, 2008

The United States District Court has notified our office that they are ready to begin mailing the restitution checks. Calculations have been made and it has been determined that the checks will be 6% of your total loss. Due to the large number of checks, this process will take several weeks. If, after May 31, 2008, you have not received your check, you will need to contact the U.S. District Court at (816) 512-5000, and ask to speak with the Finance Department. Inquiries about the status of your check will not be responded to until after that date.

If you have an address change, please call the VNS Call Center at 1-866-365-4968 or visit their website at www. It is not necessary to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office directly. You will also need to notify the U.S. District Court in writing. Your correspondence should reference the court’s case number, 02-00114-01/04-CR-W-NKL, and be sent to: U.S. District Court Finance Administrator 400 E. 9th St., Room 2710 Kansas City, MO 64106

Notice to Victims
March 15, 2007

U.S. District Court Judge Nanette K. Laughrey has approved the final victim list and ordered that approximately 2,300 victims be provided restitution on a pro rata basis. The Clerks Office will divide the total amount of restitution funds available (approximately $930,000) by the total amount of net losses reported on the final victim list. The resulting percentage shall be multiplied with each verified claim to determine the amount of restitution the Clerk's Office shall pay to that victim.

The Clerks Office is responsible for the enormous task of distributing the victim restitution checks. The role of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is complete at this time, except for monitoring restitution payments made by the defendants.

It is important to keep any address or name change within the Victim Notification System. This can be done by calling the VNS toll free, (866) 365-4968, or online at

We have asked the Court's financial clerk to enclose a note with the restitution check so the victims will know that it is restitution from the Miracle Cars case.

We appreciate you patience.


 December 11, 2003
Defendant Robert Gomez was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole and restitution.

December 3, 2003
Defendant James Nichols was sentenced to 24 years and four months in federal prison without parole and restitution.

October 23, 2003
Defendant Corinne M. Conway was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison without parole and restitution.

October 22, 2003
Defendant Gwendolyn Baker was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole and restitution.

June 6, 2003
A federal trial jury returned its verdicts, finding Defendants James Nichols and Robert Gomez guilty on all counts of the indictment.

Updated February 9, 2015