A Kansas man has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for defrauding his mother of more than $900,000. James Allan Kappler, 61, pled guilty wire fraud. He was sentenced by Judge Laurie Smith Camp.
From 2007-12, Kappler devised a scheme, telling his mother he was suffering from methicillin-resistant staphylococcusaureus -- commonly known as MRSA, a fast acting, sometimes deadly infection, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said.
MRSA is resistant to many common antibiotics. Kappler told his mother that he was involved in a study sponsored by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and he needed to pay for all of his medical care, but once his treatment was over, Pfizer would pay him $5 million.
Kappler convinced his mother to provide him money to pay for his “medical care,.” Gilg said. When his mother’s funds were depleted, she sought more money from her sister and friends.
In total, Kappler received at least $911,428.99 as part of his scheme. Gilg said the funds were wired from his mother’s trust account to an account in Topeka.
In addition to imprisonment, Kappler was ordered to pay $911,428.99 in restitution, and after he is released, he must serve three years of supervised release.
In praising Judge Smith Camp’s sentence, Gilg said oftentimes the elderly in our communities are our most vulnerable citizens.
The United States Secret Service investigated the case.