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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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AUGUST 6, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DREXEL MAN SENTENCED FOR $120,000 WIRE FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Drexel, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for a $120,954 wire fraud scheme.


             James R. Burris, 40, of Drexel, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 17 months and 15 days in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Burris to pay $120,954 in restitution to the victims of the fraud.


             On March 14, 2007, Burris pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Burris admitted that, between Nov. 1, 2004, and June 30, 2005, he submitted false bills of lading to factoring companies in order to receive payments to which he was not entitled. Factoring companies are firms that assist trucking companies to receive faster payment for shipments than the trucking company would receive from the manufacturer. After the factoring company pays the trucking company, the factoring company is reimbursed by the manufacturer who originally hired the trucking company.


             Burris represented himself as the owner and operator of LJJR Transport and submitted 41 fraudulent bills of lading to a factoring company named Insight Technology and its subsidiary, Factorloads, in Heber City, Utah. Upon receiving those bills, Insight Technology dispersed a total of $88,176 in payments to Burris’ Comdata account.


             Burris also represented himself as the owner and operator of TLC Carriers and submitted false bills of lading to RTS Financial Services, which RTS paid via wire or electronic funds transfer.


             Burris also admitted that he cashed four counterfeit payroll checks at Bank of America branch banks in Butler, Mo., and Belton, Mo., between June 17 and 27, 2005.


            This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Belton, Mo., Police Department and the Butler, Mo., Police Department.

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