Western District of Missouri
Tennessee man sentenced for $20 million time-share fraud
at two Branson hotels
SPRINGFIELD - A Tennessee man was sentenced in federal court for defrauding hundreds of victims of more than $20 million through an investment scheme involving two Branson, Mo., hotels. Dennis Ray Weaver, 56, of Jackson, Tenn., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to eight years and nine months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Weaver pay more than $53 million in restitution to the victims of his fraud – $32,204,525 to his victims in the Western District of Missouri and $20,976,660 to his victims in a separate fraud scheme in the Northern District of Indiana.
In separate but related cases in other jurisdictions:
Benny Guy Morris -- Pled guilty in the Northern District of Indiana, and is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 6, 2006. Morris has agreed to make restitution to the victims of the scheme in the Western District of Missouri.
Patrick Doyle Ballinger -- Sentenced on Dec. 16, 2005, to eight years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty in the Northern District of Indiana and to mail fraud in the Western District of Missouri.