Saturday, August 20, 2005

What Better Place to Plan Your Next Crime: Levenworth

Donald Mixan entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud related to a scheme to pass bogus checks at banks in Utah and Missouri.  Mixan hatched the plan while in the Levenworth Detention Center in Kansas, where he met one Montgomery Akers.  Akers directed Mixan's girlfriend to create the checks on a computer and send them to banks in Utah.  Akers hired an attorney in Utah to withdraw funds from an account funded with the bogus checks.  Akers hired another attorney in Kansas City, and Mixan, upon his release, gave a $100,000 check to the attorney for deposit, but it bounced.  A press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas notes that the scheme involved obtaining $493,000, although it's not clear how much money was actually withdrawn.  All that free time in prison shows the truth of the old adage that "idle hands are the devil's workshop."  (ph)

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