A former McCook contractor has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $700,000 for contracting to construct buildings he never built.
The U. S. Attorney’s office reports Senior Federal District Judge Richard Kopf sentenced 47-year-old Bradley Leffers to two years in federal prison for wire fraud and ordered him to pay $712,066.64 in restitution. Leffers will have to serve three years supervised release after serving his prison sentence.
Federal prosecutors say Leffers, doing business as Rocklin Steel, targeted farmers and ranchers through magazine and radio advertisements in 2013 and early 2014. Prosecutors say Leffers typically would visit a customer who responded to an ad, contracting to erect the building and accepting a down payment at the time the contract was signed. Leffers frequently would contact the customer and request more money for various reasons, such as claiming sub-contractors needed additional payments.
Customers made payments to Leffers’ bank account, resulting in interstate wire transmissions. Most customers were from northeastern Nebraska. A couple were from Kansas.
Leffers built some buildings, according to the FBI, but never delivered anything to other customers, though they had made substantial down payments.