Kansas, Texas Ministers Charged in Oil Scam
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Two ministers from Kansas and Texas have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a securities fraud scheme. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a press release Tuesday that the Rev. Edward D. Halliburton, of Kansas City, Kan., and Joseph Harrell, of Waco, Texas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud.
Theoffice said the men admitted to conspiring with others to obtain money through the fraudulent sale of Petro America stock by lying about the company's value. Prosecutors said Halliburton and Harrell were also not licensed to sell stock. The office said Halliburton and Harrell were associated with Ministers Alliance, a group of about 15 ministers, and promoted Petro America to investors. Sentencing has not been scheduled.