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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER FAMILY COURT COMMISSIONER SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO REPORT ATTORNEY’S LOAN


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Clay County Family Court Commissioner was sentenced in federal court today for failing to report that he solicited and received a loan from an attorney who appeared before him in court.


             Patrick D. Beeman, 54, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to one year and one day in federal prison without parole.


             “Public integrity is a top priority for this office,” Wood said. “By holding a former public official accountable for his actions, the court sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”


             On April 16, 2007, Beeman pleaded guilty to committing mail fraud by failing to report a loan from an attorney on a disclosure report filed with the Missouri Supreme Court, thus defrauding citizens of the right to his honest services as the Clay County Family Court Commissioner.


             Beeman served as family court commissioner from his appointment on Jan. 1, 2000, until he resigned effective June 30, 2005. The duties of the family court commissioner include hearing family court (including juvenile) cases referred to the commissioner by a circuit judge and preparing and submitting findings and recommendations to the circuit judge. As a family court commissioner, Beeman was prohibited from receiving money from attorneys or others with interests in the cases over which he presided.


             On July 11 and 12, 2002, Beeman solicited and received a $3,500 personal loan from an attorney who represented parties in cases over which Beeman presided. That loan has not been repaid.


             Beeman knowingly omitted the loan from his Public Report of Extra-Judicial Income filed with the Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court for the year 2002, in order to avoid disclosure of the loan. That report was delivered by mail from Beeman to the Clerk of the Missouri Supreme Court on April 17, 2003.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Parker Marshall. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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