UPDATE: Pair indicted in BNSF false invoice scheme

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Two Smithville men face a September trial on charges they defrauded the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
Kenny Avery, 47, and Allen Duncan, 44, pleaded not guilty Monday to one federal count of fraud by wire, radio or television.
Their July 1 indictment, sealed until the hearing, told Magistrate Jerry A. Davis that the men conspired to receive more than $350,000 from BSNF by submitting fictitious invoices for services never rendered.
They each face up to 20 years in prison and payment of restitution and a $250,000 fine, if convicted on the one count.
Avery was a BNSF employee and Duncan operated Smithville Hardware Co.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.