FBI agent indicted in wire fraud scheme

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 11:32am

An FBI special agent based in Nashville faces a 19–count grand jury indictment filled with charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and swearing a false oath in bankruptcy.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Special Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood on Wednesday, alleging that he devised a wire fraud scheme to bilk SunTrust Mortgage Co. Inc. out of $1.25 million connected to the purchase of rental properties in May and July 2006, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in East Tennessee.

The indictment also alleges McAllister schemed to defraud SunTrust Bank out of a $100,000 line of credit and made false statements regarding his bankruptcy petition.

In the indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, McAllister is accused of falsely representing himself as the president of Judah Music and claiming he made $500,000 annually as such.

McAllister is credited as executive producer or production coordinator on a few of his wife’s — Judith Christie McAllister — gospel albums, including In His Presence: Live!, Raise the Praise, and Send Judah First.

Darin McAllister allegedly wired money from Atlanta, Ga., to an escrow account in Brentwood 15 times on May 26, 31 and July 27. The least amount of money transferred was $22,349.18 and the most was $123,117.54. 

If convicted on all counts, Darin McAllister faces a total of 345 years in prison and $6.5 million in fines, as well as any court-ordered restitution, according to the release.

McAllister is set to appear June 9 in the U.S. District Court in Nashville, where he will be allowed to turn himself in to U.S. Marshals.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Humble represents the United States.


1 Comment on this post:

By: WittySage on 5/21/10 at 5:55

He is a Christian music artist husband and an FBI Agent, I don't know which of those should have meant he was a better person. But the dumbest part of this is that he tried to steal from a bank in the United States. You can do a lot of things in the U.S. these days, smoke crack, torture dogs, rape children (priests get a free pass on that one), but the U.S. Government and law enforcement will jack you up if you take one red cent from a bank. The only thing that may get them to come after you harder is if you drive away from a gas pump without paying, big oil don't ya know.