Junction City man claimed to be war hero father to get loan

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNT) — On Thursday, a federal jury found a Junction City man guilty of one county of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Matthew Williams, 47, stole his father’s identity to apply for a loan to buy a $490,000 house in Shawnee, Kan., says U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Prosecutors presented evidence during the trial showing that Williams filled out a loan application with Pulaski Bank using his father’s name, social security number, and other identifying information. The defendant was in bankruptcy proceedings at the time.

The government presented evidence that Williams claimed to be an Army veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart award for valor in Vietnam. In fact, it was Williams’ father Earl who fought in both Vietnam and Desert Storm, earning a Purple Heart and other commendations.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. However, he faces: A maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison, up to a $1 million fine on the bank fraud charge, and a penalty of two years consecutive to any other sentence on the identity theft charge.

Grissom commended the Veterans Administration — Office of Inspector General, Special Agent Tim Mugrage, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

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