O’Fallon man sentenced for bogus inheritance tale

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 54-year-old O’Fallon, Missouri man was sentenced Friday for scamming lenders by telling them he was the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar inheritance, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to court documents, Dana Jefferson would tell prospective lenders that he’d been left an inheritance from his deceased father’s estate, with the amount ranging from $5 million to $200 million. He would sometimes say the money was kept in a trust, other that the funds were being held in a local credit union or a Miami bank. He would also tell these lenders that he didn’t have immediate access to the money for various reasons.

He tricked these lenders into providing him money until he obtained said inheritance, at which time he would pay them back. That never happened.

Jefferson ultimately obtained more than $740,000 in loans from nine victims, which he used to buy expensive cars, pay for plastic surgery, cruises, and a wedding.

Prosecutors said Jefferson also went by the following aliases over the course of his scheme: Casey Jefferson, Dana Tiberius Jefferson, and Dana Tyrone Jefferson.

Jefferson pleaded guilty to four felony counts of wire fraud.