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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Kingston Man Sentenced To 33 Months, Over $410,000 Restitution For Wire Fraud

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Rusty Shawn Summit, age 38, of Kingston, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment, and 3 years of supervised release for Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 2. Summit was also ordered to pay total restitution of $410,981.08. The charges arose from an investigation led by the United States Secret Service and the District 19 District Attorney’s Office. Assistance was also provided by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney Districts 20 and 6. 

The Indictment alleges that from on or about May 27, 2016, to on or about March 7, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, devised a scheme to obtain money and property from others by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises. The defendant entered into construction contracts with customers promising to construct metal buildings. He required customers to pay sums of money prior to beginning construction and require additional sums of money prior to completion of construction. Defendant would not complete the project or partially complete it using substandard materials and workmanship. He spent money received from customers on items unrelated to the construction contracts. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The defendant’s greedy scheme targeted and took advantage of unsuspecting victims, depriving them of tens of thousands of their hard earned dollars. His fraudulent business dealings spanned many counties in Oklahoma and Texas. I applaud the work of the law enforcement agencies that worked together to bring the defendant to justice. Because of the multi-agency effort, the defendant’s predatory conduct has been stopped.”

Glenn Dennis, United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Oklahoma City Field Office said, “This defendant was successfully brought to justice through a strong partnership between the US Secret Service and Investigators from the District Attorney’s Office in the 19th District of OK as well as support from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney in Districts 6 and 20. This case illustrates how complex criminal frauds can quickly victimize multiple individuals and businesses with hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. Strong Task Force partnerships effectively bring resources from agencies with specialized skillsets to bear in combating criminals who seek to damage citizens and businesses of Oklahoma.”
                
The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. First Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States. 

Topic(s): 
Consumer Protection
Financial Fraud
Updated March 18, 2020