Cordova, Alaska. (city-data.com)
Kimball is arrested in Cordova, Alaska, after writing nearly $25,000 in counterfeit checks using his brother’s name.
He went to Alaska after escaping from prison in Montana, and had gotten engaged to a woman who never knew him as anyone but Brett Kimball.
Police recovered $11,300 in hundred-dollar bills in a Cordova hotel where Kimball and his fiancee stayed.
Scott Kimball, locked up in the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Alaska, tells a U.S. Secret Service agent that his cellmate, Arnold Flowers, and Flowers’ girlfriend, Sompong Khamsomphou, asked him to hire a hit man to kill a federal judge, federal prosecutor, and two witnesses.
Flowers and Khamsomphou are indicted by a grand jury the next month on charges of murder-for-hire, witness tampering and attempted murder of federal officials.
FCI-Englewood, in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Scott Kimball is transferred from the Alaska prison system to FCI-Englewood, a federal penitentiary in Littleton, Colo.
He had told federal authorities that seven Alaska inmates wanted to kill him for cooperating with the government.
Scott Kimball signs a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Denver on the theft and fraud charges stemming from his 2001 arrest in Alaska.
Kimball pleads guilty to two counts of counterfeiting a check, and agrees to continue cooperating with the government.
In exchange, prosecutors recommend that he get the lowest sentencing range, which could include probation rather than prison time.
Read Kimball’s plea deal, March 10, 2003. (PDF)
Arnold Flowers and girlfriend Sompong Khamsomphou are convicted by a jury in Anchorage of criminal tampering with a witness. They are acquitted of the more serious charges of plotting a murder-for-hire, which Scott Kimball had accused them of orchestrating 15 months earlier.
Kimball testifies at the trial.
A month later, Flowers is sentenced to eight years in prison and Khamsomphou gets five years behind bars.
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The FBI pays Scott Kimball $18,000 for cooperating as a witness in the Alaska murder-for-hire case against Arnold Flowers and Sompong Khamsomphou.
The boyfriend-girlfriend team was convicted of criminal tampering with a witness, but acquitted of plotting to have four people killed.
A federal judge in Denver sentences Scott Kimball to three years of supervised release as part of his plea deal in the 2001 Alaska check-fraud case.
Judge Marcia S. Krieger agrees to give Kimball a minimal sentence on his fifth felony, recognizing that he has been helpful in his cooperation with the government.
She orders him to pay Wells Fargo $8,287.94 in restitution, and chastises him for failing to be forthcoming about his personal finances even as he accepts “substantial funds” from the FBI.
Krieger says Kimball’s actions smack of an attitude of “I’m happy to turn other people in, but I don’t want to be held fully accountable for my own behavior.”
He is also barred from owning firearms.
Read a transcript of the sentencing hearing. (PDF)
Scott Kimball uses his uncle Terry Kimball’s credit cards at a hotel and gas station in Helena, Mont.
He will use them again Sept. 25-27 for a hotel and rental car in Alaska.
When investigators discover the usage years later, they talk to Lori McLeod, who says she accompanied her husband on both trips, but hadn’t seen Terry Kimball for weeks.
A federal arrest warrant is issued for Scott Kimball for violating his supervised release on his 2001 Alaska check-fraud case.
Kimball’s probation officer says he failed to check in and had left Colorado on unauthorized trips.
Scott Kimball is sentenced in federal court in Denver to 10 months in jail and six months in a halfway house for violating his supervised release in the 2001 Alaska check-fraud case.
He’d been arrested on a federal warrant in the case after a car chase and standoff in California two months earlier.