Archive for Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Taff sentenced to 15 months in federal prison

February 14, 2006


— Former congressional candidate Adam Taff was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for using campaign funds to help get a loan for a $1.2 million home.

Taff, 40, of Lake Quivira, had sought a 12-month sentence split evenly between a halfway house and house arrest, after pleading guilty in November to one count of wire fraud and one count of violating the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Taff's co-defendant, John D. Myers, 51, of Leawood, was sentenced to five months in prison and a $50,000 fine on one count of wire fraud.

Taff, a moderate Republican, narrowly lost the 2004 primary for the GOP nomination in the 3rd District to conservative Kris Kobach. In 2002, when he was the Republican nominee, he lost to Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore in a tight race.

Prosecutors said Taff obtained a $300,000 bank check from campaign funds on Feb. 10, 2004, and he and Myers misrepresented the money as a down payment on a house in suburban Kansas City to help the candidate get a mortgage. In seeking to downplay what happened, Taff argued the check drawn from campaign accounts was returned within an hour and was never negotiated.

But Assistant U.S. Atty. Leon Patton argued in a presentencing memorandum that the crime was thought out because Taff did not have the personal funds to make the down payment when he agreed to buy the house in December 2003.

"Although it is correct that there was no financial loss, there was a greater loss than mere money," Patton wrote. "Mr. Taff caused a loss of trust and faith in our system of representative government."

Myers sold the house in Lake Quivira to Taff for $1.2 million. At the time, Taff worked for National Mortgage Co. Inc. Myers, who founded the company, was its chairman.

Because Taff had loaned his campaign about $125,000, he was accused of converting only $175,000 for his personal use.

The indictment also alleged that Taff falsely represented his campaign accounts as his personal holdings, and that he claimed more than double his actual monthly income of $6,500.

Because of the case Taff, a former Navy fighter pilot, can no longer obtain the proper security and other clearances, meaning his flying career for both the military and commercial airlines is essentially over. He also could lose his military pension.

Jim Eisenbrandt, an attorney for Taff, declined comment.


Richard Heckler 12 years, 3 months ago

Now if only some really big fish could join this guy. Folks like Skilling and Lay,Delay, Neil Bush the savings and loan thief and perhaps we could find a few from here:

Rhoen 12 years, 3 months ago

When do Wittig and his side-kick get to put on their orange jump-suits?

DGL 12 years, 3 months ago

offtotheright: Taff was an Officer in the Armed Forces. He was commissiioned to uphold the laws of the United States, and his desire for public office further showed the necessity for Taff to lead a moral and law-abiding life. Lying about one's income and misrepesenting PUBLIC FUNDS for private gain should be punished severely. 15 months in federal prison, losing his military pension, and the end to his military and public careers are fitting punishments.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

The money was donated to him for conducting a political campaign, not for buying a house. And if it were there for his personal use, he would have owed income taxes on it.

He didn't just "borrow" the money. He used it to get around a requirement to make a sizable downpayment on a $million plus piece of property. It was fraud on many different levels, and he got off light at 15 months for a crime much more damaging to society than someone who robs a liquor store and gets $80, and they would likely get a much longer sentence.

Confrontation 12 years, 3 months ago

Enjoy your new living quarters, Taff. You'll become the Laughy Taffy of the prison.

mefirst 12 years, 3 months ago

Offtotheright--what does your undying support for the wealthy and powerful get you? I doubt you're wealthy and powerful, so why the allegiance to those who would rather step on you than acknowledge your existence? I never understood HOW the average middle class citizen could make excuses for the wealthy and powerful who use their status to avert the law and to advance their own the expense of the likes of YOU!

Talk about self-loathing. You must hate yourself to allow yourself to be the brunt and absolute defender of such abuse.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

Would it be alright if I broached the topic of Clinton, Kevin? I know it has nothing to do with this thread, but I have this urgent need to discuss a president that's been out of office for more than 5 years in a really shallow and pointless way.

Would that be OK with you, Kevvie?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 3 months ago

And while we're talking about Clinton, how about that Cheney, Kevin? Some kinda marksman, eh?

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