- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly lying about a multi-million dollar inheritance to obtain loans from individuals.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis on Thursday announced the indictment of Dana Jefferson of O’Fallon. Messages seeking comment from Jefferson’s attorneys were not immediately returned.

The indictment accuses Jefferson of four counts of wire fraud. It alleges that he told prospective lenders that he had been left millions of dollars from his deceased father’s estate. He allegedly offered, in some cases, to repay double the amount of loans from the lenders, or buy them homes, cars, even pay for plastic surgery.

The indictment alleges that there was no inheritance, and that Jefferson obtained more than $700,000 in loans from at least five people.

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