Lee's Summit man sentenced for stealing $800,000 from JE Dunn Construction

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A former JE Dunn job recruiter was sentenced Thursday for conspiring to defraud the Kansas City construction company out of more than $800.000.

A federal judge ordered John L. Kirwin to serve one year and one day in prison and to make restitution of $800,400.

Kirwin, 46, of Lee's Summit, conspired with outside job recruiters from Oklahoma and Texas to defraud the Kansas City based company.

Kirwin's job was to recruit employees for construction projects around the country for Dunn.

As part of the criminal scheme, he used the outside recruiters who prepared and filed fraudulent invoices with Dunn.

When they were paid by Dunn, they kicked back some of the money to Kirwin.

Federal prosecutors said that the company was defrauded out of about $800,400, and Kirwin received illegal kickbacks of more than $400,000.

One of his co-conspirators, Brian Newkirk of Houston, was also sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

Newkirk, 50, was sentenced to serve 45 days in custody, and ordered to pay restitution of $427,000.

The other outside job recruiter from Oklahoma, Debi Jordan, was previously sentenced to serve 30 days in custody and ordered to repay $348,450.