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Two Montana Businessmen Plead Guilty in Connection with Fraudulent $603,000 Land Sale to Missoula International Airport

On June 29, William Joseph Lefler and Roger Dale Hall pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Missoula, MT to program fraud in connection with a land sale scheme. In December 2000, the Missoula International Airport purchased additional runway approach land from Lefler and Hall for $603,000 ($350,000 above the highest appraised value). Our investigation found that the men conspired with John Seymour, former director of MIA, to sell the land to MIA at an inflated price, with Seymour receiving a $60,000 kickback. The three men were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and program fraud in March 2006. In May 2006, Seymour pled guilty to the charges. Sentencing for the three men is scheduled for September 29, 2006. This was a joint investigation with the FBI.