Former Johnson Co. restaurant owner indicted on $605K bank fraud charge

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNT) — U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said a former Johnson County restaurant owner was indicted Wednesday on charges that he fraudulently obtained $605,000 in loans.

Charles Waits, a 54-year-old from Lenexa, was charged in a superseding indictment with one count of bank fraud and two counts of making false statements to a lender.

The indictment alleges Waits, a partner in Kansas City Sports Grille, Inc., obtained two commercial loans through Community America Credit Union. He gave the lender a financial statement with false information about his personal assets and net worth.

The indictment seeks a monetary judgment of $605,000, representing the proceeds of the crimes.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count. The U.S. Secret Service investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

Other grand jury indictments

Abbie Jo McClellan, and 65-year-old from Topeka, is charged with two counts of making false statements to the Social Security Administration and the Office of the Inspector General. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in in 2014 and 2015 in Topeka.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Social Security Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting.


 

Jose Juvenal Jimenez-Delatorre, a 27-year-old who is not a citizen of Kansas, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and being deported. He was found Feb. 20, 2016 in Johnson County.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Homeland Security Investigations investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.


 

Mario Ulises Moreno-Ayala, a 28-year-old who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and being deported. He was found Feb. 20, 2016 in Johnson County.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.


 

Stephanie R. Minor, a 34-year-old from Columbus, Ind., and Matthew L. Hudson, a 43-year-old from Hope, Ind., were charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling from Indiana Kansas in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 6, 2016 in Liberal, Kan.

If convicted, the face a penalty of no less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million on the possession charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the interstate travel charge. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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