JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
A former Kansas City bank branch manager has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly accepting gifts for facilitating a $12.4 million COVID-19 fraud scheme for a Jefferson City business owner, according to a Thursday press release from the Department of Justice.
Anthony Omar Brockman, 48, who currently resides in Bennington, Nebraska, was charged Tuesday in an eight-count indictment, the release states.
Brockman was the branch manager of the Truman Hospital location of US Bank in Kansas City, until the COVID-19 pandemic caused the bank branch to close, the release states. Brockman was reassigned to US Bank’s Paycheck Protection Program project from April 12- July 19, 2020. Brockman was then returned to his role as on-site manager at the Truman Hospital bank branch until May 22, 2021.
The indictment alleges that Brockman assisted and facilitated fraudulent PPP applications for Tod Ray Keilholz, the owner of TRK Construction, LLC, TRK Valpo, LLC, TL Builders, LLC, and Project Design, LLC, in Jefferson City.
Keilholz was charged, according to the release, in a separate indictment for his role in a more than $27.1 million bank fraud scheme that included more than $12.4 million in PPP loans for his businesses.
The release states Keilholz received a total of $12,430,932 in PPP loans for his four businesses.
Brockman is charged with two counts of receiving gifts in exchange for assisting Keilholz in procuring those loans. On Nov. 4, 2020, Keilholz allegedly used PPP loan proceeds to pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe that he gave to Brockman. On Jan. 18, 2021, Keilholz allegedly used PPP loan proceeds to purchase tickets to see the Kansas City Chiefs play in AFC Championship Game on the Jan. 24, 2021.
The release also states Brockman is charged with one count of money laundering, as well as five counts of wire fraud. He allegedly took park in scheme to receive $11,040 in unemployment benefits from March 27, 2020-Nov. 4, 2021, while he was employed by US Bank.