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Missouri con man pleads guilty to fraud

Updated: 2013-04-08T04:30:06Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A con man who has provided steady work for police and defense lawyers for almost 20 years has pleaded guilty to defrauding a northern Missouri couple of more than $100,000.

David J. McConkey, 52, of Albany, Mo., admitted Thursday to scamming the elderly Maryville, Mo., couple by telling them about a criminal episode allegedly involving their daughter 28 years earlier in Iowa and demanding payment to keep her out of jail.

If they would give him $119,950, McConkey said, he would use it to bribe a prosecutor and a judge.

McConkey took the money but paid no bribes.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office would not say what the alleged “crime” was, other than to say authorities weren’t interested in it then and aren’t interested now.

“It was never investigated as a criminal matter and could not be prosecuted today,” said Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In 2008, McConkey pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud in a trailer leasing scam. A judge sentenced him to two years in prison.

In 1994, a grand jury here charged him with federal loan fraud, to which he later pleaded guilty, receiving a one-year sentence.

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

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