UPDATE: Man Accused of Lake Area Scams Pleads Guilty to Felonies

6 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 22 2012 Aug 22, 2012 Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:20:00 PM CDT August 22, 2012 in News
By: Stacey Welsh
loading

CAMDENTON - The man accused of numerous scams involving boat docks and other transactions in the Lake of the Ozarks area pleaded guilty to three felony charges Wednesday. Those charges against Daniel E. Francis of Lake Ozark included failing to pay income taxes, theft and passing a bad check totalling about $15,000. Francis also admitted to Judge Kenneth Hayden he knew the check could not be paid at the time. 

Francis was not sentenced Wednesday, but the state requested he wear a GPS monitoring device in place of setting bond between this trial and sentencing scheduled for Nov. 9. Francis will also have to pay for the GPS device under the state's recommendation.

According to Assistant Camden County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kretzer, seven cases against Francis will appear on the Nov. 9 docket. This includes the above three felony charges. The judge will also review one felony case to which Francis pleaded not guilty and three additional felony charges. Francis waived arraignment to those charges Wednesday.

After seeing KOMU 8 News' Target 8 Investigation into complaints against Francis, Platte City resident Jim Selph spoke with us about his case from 2008. Selph said he dealt with Francis to purchase a dock from Ozark Village Docks and Associates. Selph also said Francis signed the contract on that deal and still owes him about $26,000.

Selph was present at the trial, and said he was relieved to see justice was served. "It was closure to a matter that's been... outstanding for about four years," Selph said. If Francis pays restitution, the court will drop the charges, but Selph said Francis must prove any money toward that comes from "legitimate means."

Based on the felony charges read Wednesday, Francis could serve up to seven years in prison with concurrent sentences. If Francis is granted probation, he also told the judge he would consider a move out of Missouri. Judge Hayden said in the trial that would not be allowed unless the new state agreed to supervise Francis' probation.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Several agencies responded to a fire near Millersburg today. Officials say they received a call around... More >>
42 minutes ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:56:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - On April 18, 1969, Boone County National Bank filled a model rocket with things from the time period... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, April 18 2019 Apr 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 3:09:00 AM CDT April 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department is considering removing a fee for dog park users. ... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
FULTON - Wednesday marked two years since Carl DeBrodie was reported missing from an assisted living facility in Fulton, and... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:04:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill up for hearing Wednesday night is fighting against the discrimination of what some consider... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:52:49 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Some Republican Missouri lawmakers are calling for the resignation of University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor C.... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Eric Schmitt is using a new website to ask Missourians to share their real-life stories... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:25:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – KOMU 8 News has learned American Airlines is adding additional flights to Chicago starting Friday, May 3. ... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:00:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Battle Spartans have a new head football coach. Former Missouri Tiger and NFL defensive lineman Atiyyah... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:59:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Community members can voice concerns and ask questions about Columbia Regional Airport (COU) at the All Thing Airport... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:57:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) described what he called an "opportunistic" time for the state of Missouri in... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:58:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - Complaints, inspections and social media outcry surround Callaway Hills Animal Shelter.  This KOMU 8 Target 8... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:40:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Aurora Organic Dairy officially opened its Columbia milk plant Wednesday and is expected to create more than 100... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:11:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT — Holts Summit Ward 2 Aldermen Candidate Lisa Buhr started the process Wednesday for a special election... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:27:00 AM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A man from Brumley pleaded guilty Tuesday in three separate cases, two of which involved child sex crimes.... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:21:08 AM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri's House Bill 992 would allow registered voters to cast an absentee ballot without stating a reason.... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:30:00 AM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The man reported for suspicious activity at West Middle School Tuesday morning is charged with first-degree trespassing. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 16 2019 Apr 16, 2019 Tuesday, April 16, 2019 9:57:00 PM CDT April 16, 2019 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
8am 50°
9am 51°
10am 51°
11am 52°