Kansas Developer Pleads Guilty

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas developer has pleaded guilty to one
federal count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

David Ray Freeman of Lawrence admitted trying to bribe members of the Junction City Commission to get support to build new housing for soldiers from Fort Riley.

The 45-year-old Freeman entered his plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Topeka. He also agreed to cooperate in the continuing investigation.

Prosecutors say Freeman and other Lawrence residents formed Big D Development in May 2006, with Freeman as half-owner.

Within five months, the Junction City Commission approved two agreements worth a total of $12 million allowing Big D to build subdivisions to provide housing for an expected influx of soldiers
at Fort Riley.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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