By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG – Admitted conman Kurt J. Keiper was sentenced today to 12 to 78 years in a state prison and ordered to pay back more than $500,000 in restitution to 17 former customers.
Union-Snyder President Judge Michael Sholley told the former Middleburg resident that state parole will not be recommended following his minimum 12 years in prison unless restitution has been made to victims of his business dealings.
On the eve of trial early this year, Keiper, 41, admitted his guilt in bilking 12 customers across the U.S. and in Canada of about $300,000 they paid him for vehicles that were never delivered.
Keiper was scheduled to be sentenced on April 5, but failed to show up. He remained on the lam until September, when he was caught living in Durango, Colo., under an assumed name.
He has been held in the Snyder County Jail in lieu of $4.5 million bail since being returned to the area to face judgment.
Days after Keiper was brought back, state police filed 11 more counts of theft and deceptive business practices against him for allegedly victimizing five more individuals and businesses across the country.