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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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

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JANUARY 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER JACKSON COUNTY OFFICIAL INDICTED

FOR PERJURY; ALLEGEDLY LOANED MONEY

TO FORMER KC JUDGE


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Jackson County, Mo., elected official was indicted by a federal grand jury today for making false statements and committing perjury during the investigation of former municipal judge Deborah Neal.


             Carl W. Bussey, 58, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Bussey, a former member of the Jackson County Legislature, is a self-employed attorney in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Bussey made loans to Neal, and that he arranged for his cousin to loan money to Neal as well. However, Bussey falsely denied making those loans during a federal investigation into allegations that Neal solicited loans from attorneys and others with interests in the cases over which she presided as Kansas City Municipal Judge. Neal, who pleaded guilty to fraud on May 3, 2005, is currently serving a 28-month prison sentence.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that on Sept. 16, 2004, Bussey was served with a grand jury subpoena to appear and testify, and to produce documents. According to the indictment, Bussey falsely and fraudulently told the federal agent serving the subpoena that he did not make any loans to Neal and did not have any documentation of any loans to Neal.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that Bussey committed perjury by making a false statement under oath on Oct. 4, 2004. According to the indictment, Bussey submitted an affidavit in lieu of testimony before the grand jury investigating Neal in which he declared that he never loaned any money to Neal and therefore had no checks, correspondence, records of repayment or other documents relating to any loan or payments in his possession. The indictment alleges that Bussey knew the sworn affidavit was false in that he had made loans to Neal.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that Bussey made another false statement in the Oct. 4, 2004, affidavit. According to the indictment, Bussey declared that he never made a personal loan to Neal. The indictment alleges that Bussey knew the sworn affidavit was false in that he had made a personal loan to Neal.


             Count Four of the federal indictment alleges that Bussey made another false statement in the Oct. 4, 2004, affidavit. According to the indictment, Bussey declared that he was contacted by his cousin because she was considering giving Neal a loan. The indictment alleges that Bussey knew the sworn affidavit was false in that Neal requested Bussey to ask his cousin to loan money to her. Bussey allegedly approached his cousin and asked her to loan money to Neal. Bussey’s cousin called Neal in his presence, the indictment says, and agreed to loan her money, then gave Bussey a check payable to Neal, which he delivered to her.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


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


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