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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Sandwich, Illinois Business Owner Sentenced For Making A False Statement To A Financial Institution

ROCKFORD — A former Sandwich, Ill. business owner was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for making a false statement to a financial institution. The defendant, STEVEN J. MOORHOUSE, 62, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution of $881,012.38 to Old Second National Bank, Aurora, Ill. Moorhouse, who was President and majority owner of Jefsco Manufacturing Co., Inc., a manufacturing business, pled guilty to the charge on Jan. 12, 2015.

According to the plea agreement, during July 2009, Moorhouse sought a lender to make business loans to Jefsco and began to provide Jefsco’s financial information to Old Second National Bank (OSNB). The plea agreement further states that on Dec. 4, 2009, Moorhouse provided OSNB with a document that falsely inflated the value of the accounts receivable owed to Jefsco by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moorhouse admitted he was aware that the amount of loan proceeds that OSNB would disburse would be, in part, determined by the amount of receivables.

The sentencing was announced today by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program; and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.

Updated July 23, 2015