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May 2, 2014

Former Liberty man faces fraud allegations

The indictment, returned by a grand jury in Kansas City, says that from July 2008 to July 2010, Henry Thomas Hammond fraudulently solicited money from investors for various projects, then used the money for his personal expenses such as making payments for a $2 million lake house, hunting trips and personal vehicles.

A former Liberty man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for an alleged $6.2 million fraud scheme.

Henry Thomas Hammond, 57, was arrested Friday in Florida, where he now lives.

The indictment, returned by a grand jury in Kansas City, says that from July 2008 to July 2010, Hammond fraudulently solicited money from investors for various projects, then used the money for his personal expenses such as making payments for a $2 million lake house, hunting trips and personal vehicles.

The indictment charges him with bank fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and using a U.S. Department of Justice seal on a phony letter.

Besides the criminal charges, the government also is seeking the forfeiture of $6.2 million as well as any other property obtained as a result of the alleged schemes.

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