Prosecutors recommend nearly three years in prison for Beard

Burt Beard at a K-REDI meeting in 2015 (Ashley Hoak/KTVO)

Federal prosecutors have recommended nearly three years in prison for a Kirksville business owner who pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

Online federal court records show the government has recommended 33 months behind bars for Burt Beard, followed by three years’ supervised release. The maximum sentence is 30 years in prison, restitution and a $1 million fine.

As part of the recommendation, prosecutors also asked the judge to waive fines in order to expedite restitution payments instead.

In September, Beard, one of the owners of Beard’s Decorating Center in Kirksville, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.

Court documents showed that while serving as volunteer treasurer for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Missouri, Beard wrote himself more than 150 checks totaling over $380,000 in fraudulent payments between March 2008 and August 2014.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 22 in Jefferson City.

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