Local attorney pleads guilty to three federal felony charges

Local attorney pleads guilty to three federal felony charges

Local attorney pleads guilty to three federal felony charges

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by Stephanie Baumer / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 11:07 AM

St. Louis, Mo. (KMOV) – St. Charles County attorney Jeffrey Witt plead guilty to three federal felony charges on Thursday.

According to a press release, during September 2013 Witt submitted a loan application in the name of an individual identified in court documents as PW in order to obtain a $100,000 line of credit. The home’s owner, PW, was unaware of the loan application.

Witt provided a female associate with false documentation and identification in PW’s name so the associate could impersonate PW during the loan closing.

Together, Witt and the associate obtained a $100,000 bank loan credit line. Witt immediately withdrew $60,000 from the credit line and deposited into his law firm’s bank account. He then withdrew the money for personal purpose.

Authorities said PW learned of the loan and confronted Witt. Police said Witt falsely represented to PW that he had cancelled the loan. Witt created a false letter on fake bank letterhead and forged the signature of a bank officer and created a false “Deed of Release” to convince PW the loan was cancelled.

According to court documents, in addition to the false loan documentation, Witt, as part of his law practice, would enter into settlement discussions without the knowledge of his clients. Witt would settle legal cases and accept settlement checks on their behalf. Witt would also forge their signatures on settlement checks. After finalizing the case, Witt would falsely represent to his clients that the cases were not settled and no settlement checks had been received.

Witt was arrested by the FBI Special Agents on March 7 as he arrived in New York City from Turkey.

On Thursday, Witt, 39, plead guilty to one felony count of bank fraud, one felony count of aggravated identity theft and one felony count of mail fraud before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.

Witt’s sentencing has been set for October 16. 

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