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Stiltner buys Zags tickets before completely fulfilling restitution order

The convicted girlfriend of a Spokane Ponzi scheme artist paid cash for Gonzaga men’s basketball tickets weeks after being released from prison and before paying her court-ordered restitution, according to documents filed in federal court. Shannon Stiltner used money she said was a gift from her mother to buy the basketball tickets and make a university donation, according to court documents filed on Thursday. Just weeks ago, she tried to buy the four midcourt seats but rescinded the payment after her ex-husband, with whom she shares the season tickets, called to express concern.

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The imprisoned girlfriend of convicted fraudster Greg Jeffreys rescinded a $2,700 payment for Gonzaga University basketball tickets after her ex-husband raised questions about court-ordered restitution.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.

Developer’s ex-wife Kimberly Jeffreys sentenced in fraud case

The criminal saga of a Spokane developer, his ex-wife and his girlfriend ended Tuesday when a U.S. District Court judge sentenced Kimberly Jeffreys to 90 days of home confinement. The ruling completes the case of fraud, theft, money laundering and conspiracies that jailed Greg Jeffreys, his now ex-wife Kimberly Jeffreys and his girlfriend Shannon Stiltner in January 2013. Prosecutors tied the married couple and Stiltner to numerous real estate schemes around town, including fraudulent investments in the redevelopment of the Ridpath Hotel and theft tied to the construction of a military facility off U.S. Highway 2.

Developer Greg Jeffreys’ wife pleads guilty to fraud

Kimberly Jeffreys, wife of jailed Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, pleaded guilty Friday to fraud and faces a six-month federal prison sentence as well as paying restitution up to $150,000. Jeffreys’ plea likely ends the possibility an Eastern Washington jury will hear the details of a federal investigation that produced multiple counts of fraud, money laundering and theft against the couple and accomplice Shannon Stiltner.

Shawn Vestal: Greg Jeffreys never learned how to stop hustling

Greg Jeffreys never quit trying. The man who set a new land-speed record for big-time Spokane grift never quit hustling. If one deal wasn’t working, he cooked up another. If one story wasn’t working, he told another. If inflating real estate values wasn’t enough, he invented properties out of whole cloth.

Greg Jeffreys pleads guilty to fraud

Jailed developer Greg Jeffreys pleaded guilty Thursday to swindling millions from investors, banks and the federal government to fund a lavish lifestyle. Prosecutors want him imprisoned for eight years and to repay duped investors millions of dollars on the four criminal counts of fraud and contempt of court stretching from 2006 through May.

Greg Jeffreys pleads guilty to fraud

Greg Jeffreys pleaded guilty Thursday to swindling millions from investors, banks and the federal government to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Developer Greg Jeffreys’ wife wants source of alleged stolen money hidden

The wife of a jailed Spokane developer accused of fraud and theft doesn’t want jurors to learn that some of the allegedly stolen money was from the federal government’s controversial stimulus package. The request to keep the source of the money from being disclosed to jurors was one of many on the table during a series of hearings in federal court Monday for Kimberly Jeffreys, her husband, Greg Jeffreys, and his girlfriend Shannon Stiltner.

Jailed developer Jeffreys faces new fraud, contempt, conspiracy charges

A new federal indictment against jailed developer Greg Jeffreys and his wife accuses the couple of defrauding a local bank to buy pieces of the troubled Ridpath hotel. A second indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane accused him and co-defendant and girlfriend Shannon Stiltner of conspiracy and criminal contempt for violating a federal judge’s order prohibiting the pair from communicating.

Jeffreys to remain in jail until trial, judge rules

Spokane developer Gregory D. Jeffreys has talked himself out of freedom, a judge ruled Monday. Citing his multiple violations of another judge’s order and a previously undisclosed threat made to a business associate, U.S. District Judge Rosanna Peterson ruled that Jeffreys must remain in jail during the months leading up to his January trial on charges that he defrauded millions of dollars from investors.

Feds cite Jeffreys’ Mexico connection

Possible connections to someone he called a Mexican drug lord could thwart Gregory D. Jeffreys’ efforts to get out of jail. Jeffreys, a Spokane real estate developer, is awaiting trial on charges he defrauded millions from investors.

Jeffreys’ request for bond rejected

Vulgar and threatening comments about a female FBI agent have unraveled Greg Jeffreys’ latest efforts to bond out of jail as he fights a massive federal fraud and money laundering indictment. His name-calling and menacing description of FBI special agent Lisa Jangaard captured on a taped jailhouse phone call to his son also included an expletive-laden threat to “bury” her.

Vestal: Plaintiffs in Jeffreys lawsuits blame appraisers, lawyer

The real estate investments put together by developer Gregory Jeffreys in the years before his criminal indictment have been the target of lawsuits by investors, who claim Jeffreys took advantage of them. But these investors do not blame Jeffreys alone. They – and others who are familiar with elaborate transactions at the Ridpath Hotel and in Airway Heights – are unsparing in their assessment of appraisers, bankers, an attorney and other institutional parties involved with the transactions. The system, they say, broke down.

Public to fund Jeffreys’ case

Spokane developer Greg Jeffreys, who once claimed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars and bragged that his typical workday included being flown in a Learjet to three cities, will have taxpayers foot his legal bill fighting a 73-count federal fraud indictment. A federal magistrate declared Jeffreys, 53, eligible for a public defender on Friday. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno then appointed Mark Vovos, who had been Jeffreys’ private attorney, to continue representing him at the lower federal defender rate of $125 per hour rather than his standard legal fees. Imbrogno ruled that Jeffreys “clearly qualifies for appointed counsel,” noting paperwork submitted by Vovos’ earlier showing Jeffreys’ debts outstrip his property and income.

Indictment alleges Jeffreys’ dark side

People describe Greg Jeffreys as one of the smartest men they know. A persuasive salesman. A tireless worker. An aggressive negotiator and sophisticated dealmaker of uncommon boldness. He was also someone whose audacity could turn threatening.