OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MATT J. WHITWORTH
Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106
AUGUST 27 , 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER NIXA EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL FRAUD CONSPIRACY, THEFT AND MONEY LAUNDERING
ADMITS ROLE IN SCHEMES TOTALING $756,000
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former employee for the city of Nixa, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a series of mail fraud and money laundering schemes totaling more than $756,000.
David W. Griggs, 44, of Willard, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to the charges contained in a May 14, 2009, federal indictment. Griggs pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, theft from an organization receiving federal funds, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Griggs was employed by the city of Nixa as a utility worker in the city’s street department from Nov. 6, 2003, to Feb. 8, 2006. He was promoted to be the lead utility worker on Aug. 4, 2004.
Griggs participated in a conspiracy to defraud the city of Nixa between Oct. 18, 2004, and Feb. 25, 2009. Conspirators used two fictitious businesses established by Griggs – Airborne Specialist (sometimes referred to as Airborne Specialists) and Tri-State Supply – to invoice the city of Nixa for approximately $273,645 in goods and services for the street department that were never provided. During that time frame, 122 fraudulent invoices were submitted to the city.
Griggs established separate post office boxes for the two businesses. When the city mailed checks payable to the businesses, they were deposited into business bank accounts and conspirators split the proceeds of the fraudulent invoices. Griggs admitted that he conspired with others to conduct financial transactions involving the proceeds of the mail fraud.
By pleading guilty today, Griggs also agreed to forfeit to the government any property obtained from the proceeds of the offenses, including $756,010 and a 1999 Dutchman travel trailer.
Under federal statutes, Griggs is subject to a sentence of up to 50 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $1 million and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Nixa, Mo., Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and IRS-Criminal Investigation.
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