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Immigration agent admits mortgage fraud

Updated: 2013-12-07T02:35:44Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A federal immigration agent pleaded guilty Friday to lying to an FBI agent about a mortgage fraud scheme.

Jeffrey Morriss, 48, of Kansas City, admitted in federal court that on loan applications he misrepresented his debt, his child support obligations and his monthly income, and he failed to mention that property he owned in Pleasant Hill, Mo., was in foreclosure.

And when questioned by a federal agent about a 2011 loan application, Morriss blamed a bank employee, saying the employee must have mistyped, or “fat-fingered,” the information, court records alleged.

Under the plea agreement signed Friday, he would be sentenced to three years of probation and pay $12,794 in restitution.

When a grand jury indicted Morriss in February, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials relieved Morriss of his law enforcement duties and placed him on leave.

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

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