Shannon Stiltner rescinds payment for Zags seats; still owes restitution
The imprisoned girlfriend of convicted fraudster Greg Jeffreys rescinded a $2,700 payment for Gonzaga University basketball tickets after her ex-husband raised questions about court-ordered restitution.
The revelation comes as Shannon Stiltner, who pleaded guilty to failing to report the real estate schemes of Jeffreys and conspiring with him after their arrest in January 2013, prepares to leave federal custody later this month. She also recently lost a legal appeal to avoid paying interest on the more than $58,000 in restitution to two victims of Jeffreys’ real estate Ponzi schemes.
Emails provided by Greg Green, Stiltner’s ex-husband, show that Stiltner paid Gonzaga $2,700 on Aug. 6 for four midcourt seats. According to the terms of their divorce, Green said, Stiltner received tickets to half the Zags’ home games and he the other half in a split of a season package.
After learning of the payment, Green contacted Stiltner’s parole officer, he said, concerned she hadn’t yet completed the repayment ordered by the court.
“If she had paid (the restitution), I wouldn’t have a claim to those tickets,” Green said.
The ticket office informed him the next day the $2,700 payment had been rescinded, according to emails he provided and reports that were independently confirmed.
The Gonzaga ticket office declined to comment on the transaction. Stiltner is being held at a halfway house in Seattle.
The FBI contacted Green earlier this summer, after Stiltner petitioned the court for forgiveness of the interest she owed on restitution, claiming she owes more than $50,000 in student loans for her daughter plus other debt. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson denied the request last week after the FBI debunked Stiltner’s claim. Green told the FBI that though the loan was taken out in Stiltner’s name, he made all the payments.
“In the Green’s divorce decree, filed on or about October 2010, the balance of the aforementioned student loan was transferred to Greg Green and he has had the sole responsibility of making payments on this loan since that time,” read a statement filed with the court by the FBI.
Stiltner’s attorney, John B. McEntire, did not return a phone call requesting comment. Her probation officer also did not return a phone call requesting comment.
In June, Greg Jeffreys was sentenced to an eight-year prison term and ordered to pay $9.3 million in restitution. He is expected to serve his sentence at a medium-security facility in Sheridan, Oregon, though he has not yet arrived there, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.
Peterson did not order Jeffreys to pay interest, citing evidence he’d be unable to do so.
Jeffreys’ ex-wife, Kimberly Jeffreys, was sentenced to 90 days of house arrest and ordered to pay $125,000 in lieu of surrendering property the couple owned in Arizona, according to court records.
Stiltner is scheduled to be released Aug. 20.