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Federal agent is accused of lying on loan applications

Updated: 2013-02-08T04:05:50Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A federal grand jury in Kansas City has indicted an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, alleging he made false statements on bank loan applications.

Jeffrey Morriss, 48, has worked as a federal law enforcement agent for about 16 years, according to federal court records.

Prosecutors alleged that between 2007 and 2012, Morriss fraudulently obtained five loans totaling $829,952 to finance the purchase of three homes and a motorcycle.

On each loan, Morriss allegedly inflated his income or failed to disclose information in order to make his applications appear more attractive to lenders.

All three homes — two in Kansas City and one in Pleasant Hill — subsequently went into foreclosure, according to court records.

On four applications, he purportedly failed to disclose that he owed up to $50,000 on property in Colorado. He also did not disclose his child support obligations to three lenders, prosecutors alleged. And twice he allegedly did not tell lenders that one of his properties was in foreclosure.

The indictment also accused Morriss of twice inflating his income as a federal agent, telling one loan officer in 2011 that he made $150,000 a year.

Questioned about his income reports by an FBI agent in November, Morriss purportedly blamed a bank employee, saying the employee must have mistyped, or “fat-fingered,” the information that he provided for the 2011 loan application.

In a prepared statement, ICE officials said that Morriss would be relieved of his law enforcement duties and placed on leave.

“As public servants working for a federal law enforcement agency, every ICE employee is held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct,” the statement read.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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