Bossier City man headed to federal prison after staging equipment theft
SHREVEPORT, La.: United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today
that Kenneth A. Gordon Jr., 43, of Bossier City, was sentenced Thursday before U.S. District
Court Judge Donald E. Walter, to 20 months in prison following his convictions for
conspiracy and wire fraud after filing a false insurance claim for theft of his John Deere
equipment. Gordon is also required to pay $104,134 in restitution.
Gordon’s co-defendant, Don E. Newton, was sentenced in December 2012 to two
years of supervised probation for conspiring with Gordon to commit wire fraud.
Trial testimony revealed that Gordon had asked Newton to report that a John Deere
skid steer and a John Deere telehandler valued at approximately $140,000 had been stolen
in August 2006. Gordon then filed a false claim to Sentry Insurance for the equipment.
Instead of being stolen, Gordon had been leasing the equipment to a friend for $15,000 per
month. Gordon later agreed to sell the skid steer to another friend in Texas for an
Gordon testified that he permitted his elderly parents to travel across
state lines to deliver the equipment to his friend even though they were unaware it had
been reported stolen. Law enforcement discovered the John Deere skid steer in Hico, Texas,
in June 2009 on the friend’s property with an identification number matching the one
Gordon previously reported stolen.
“Insurance fraud is a serious federal offense that affects everyone,” Finley said. “We
will continue to use every tool available to aggressively investigate and prosecute those
individuals who perpetrate these types of financial crimes that affect our community.”
The Louisiana State Police/Insurance Fraud Auto Theft Unit and the Texas
Department of Public Safety/Motor Vehicle Theft Services investigated the case. Assistant
U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan prosecuted the case.