10/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2021 17:54
Reagor Dykes Auto Group owner Bart Reagor was convicted today of lying to a bank about his company's prospects, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad Meacham.
After 12 hours of deliberation, a federal jury found Bart Wade Reagor, 55, guilty of making false statements to a bank insured by the FDIC. Mr. Reagor, whose trial lasted four days, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison.
"Bart Reagor's greed and insatiable need to flaunt his wealth led him to lie to a federally-insured bank and ultimately resulted in that bank suffering a loss of over $20 million dollars." said Acting U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. "He's now bracing for a possibly decades-long sentence. The Department of Justice will not permit this kind of abuse of our nation's financial institutions and the funds of its hard-working depositors."
According to evidence presented at trial, in 2017, Mr. Reagor told International Bank of Commerce (IBC) that the auto group was experiencing tremendous growth and expected to go public. He claimed the company needed a cash infusion to sustain its upward trajectory and maintain a cash cushion for each of the dealerships to operate.
Relying on that information, IBC granted Reagor Dykes a $10 million working capital loan, which was distributed in two tranches: $5,000,000 in July 2017 and another $5,000,000 in February 2018, to be disbursed to the various RDAG entities.
Instead of investing all of the money into the business as he'd said he would, Mr. Reagor diverted more than $1.7 million to his personal account at Prosperity Bank - $766,277 in July 2017, following IBC's disbursement of the first tranche of money, and $1 million in February 2018, following IBC's disbursement of the second tranche of money.
Reagor Dykes' CFO, Shane Smith, testified that Mr. Reagor and his partner, Rick Dykes, routinely drew money out of the business. Over a 10-year-period, Mr. Smith estimated, the pair withdrew more than $25 million.
While the jury convicted Mr. Reagor of lying to an FDIC-insured bank, they acquitted him of bank fraud. His sentencing date has not yet been set.
Fifteen of Mr. Reagor's employees previously pleaded guilty to various crimes involving dummy flooring and check kitting at Reagor Dykes, including:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Dallas Field Office and Internal Revenue Services - Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua Frausto, Jeffrey Haag, and Amy Burch are prosecuting the case.