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Johnson County Water District Network Manager Sentenced for Wire Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A former network manager for Water District No. 1 of Johnson County was sentenced Monday for wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Jason P. Lee, 41, Shawnee, Kan., was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months home confinement. He paid more than $129,000 in restitution as part of his plea agreement.

In his plea, Lee admitted the crime occurred while he worked for WaterOne, an independent public water utility serving more than 400,000 customers in Johnson County. As part of his duties, Lee was responsible for ordering cellular phones for water district employees. In July 2010 he devised a scheme to defraud WaterOne by ordering cellular telephones from WaterOne’s providers and selling the phones on eBay and other Internet sites. He carried out the scheme by making electronic transactions from Kansas to Colorado, California, Texas and Washington.

Grissom commended the FBI and U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.

Updated August 17, 2015