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Date: 01-30-2020

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United States of America v. Coe Downing

Case Number: 2:19-cr-20002-CM

Judge: Carlos Murguia

Court: United States District Court for the District of Kansas (Wyandotte County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Chris Oakley

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Description: Kansas City, KS - The United States of America charged Coe Downing with mail fraud.

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to a fraud in which a Lenexa company he worked for spent more than $685,000 to buy electrical and wire cable that the man sold to another company and pocketed the money, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Coe Downing, 48, Charlotte, N.C., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. In his plea, he admitted the crime took place while he worked as a project manager for Lenexa-based Wachter, Inc. Downing placed orders for electrical and wire cable from Anixter, Inc., one of Wachter’s suppliers. Wachter paid for the materials by sending a check to Anixter in Texas. Meanwhile, Downing sold the cable to another company, Cabling Systems Supply, Inc. (CSSI) and kept the money.

In the plea agreement, Downing agreed to pay restitution of $25,000 to Wachter, Inc., and $660,323 to Wachter’s insurer, Federal Insurance Company.

Sentencing is set for April 21. He could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Office of Inspector General, investigated.


18:1343 - Wire Fraud. Forfeiture Allegations. (INDICTMENT FILED 1/16/19)
18:1341 - Mail Fraud. Forfeiture Allegations. (INDICTMENT FILED 1/16/19)
18:1341 - Mail Fraud. Forfeiture Allegations. (INDICTMENT FILED 1/16/19)

Outcome: 01/28/2020 34 MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before District Judge Carlos Murguia: CHANGE OF PLEA HEARING as to COE DOWNING held on 1/28/2020. Defendant pleads GUILTY to COUNT 1 of INDICTMENT: MAIL FRAUD, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1314. See Minute Sheet for details. Judgment deferred. Presentence Investigation Report (PSR) ordered and shall be completed and filed prior to next scheduled court appearance. Court sets sentencing briefing deadlines: Any SENTENCING MEMORANDUM shall be filed on or before 4/7/2020. Any RESPONSE shall be filed on or before 4/14/2020. SENTENCING HEARING/STATUS is set for 4/21/2020 at 09:30 AM in KC Courtroom 463 (CM) before District Judge Carlos Murguia. Defendant is remanded to custody. (Court Reporter Nancy Wiss) (jsh) (Entered: 01/28/2020)
01/28/2020 35 PETITION TO ENTER PLEA OF GUILTY AND ORDER ENTERING PLEA as to Coe Downing (1) on Count 8. Signed by District Judge Carlos Murguia on 1/28/2020. (ydm) (Entered: 01/29/2020)
01/28/2020 36 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Coe Downing re 35 Petition and Order to Enter Plea of Guilty. (ydm) (Entered: 01/29/2020)

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