Jones asks judge for travel to St. Louis

Ann Knef Feb. 5, 2009, 2:12am

Ricki Lee "Rick" Jones of Wood River is asking permission from U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert to travel outside the Southern District of Illinois so he can meet with his St. Louis attorneys and doctors.

Jones, who pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to cheating on federal income taxes, posted $100,000 bond for release pending sentencing which has been rescheduled from April 23 to May 7.

One of the conditions for his release restricts travel outside of southern Illinois.

"Mr. Jones has a need to meet with his attorneys on occasion to discuss strategy, to assist in the preparation of a pre-sentencing memorandum and to review the Presentence Report," stated his attorney James Martin of Armstrong Teasdale.

"His attorneys are located in downtown St. Louis," the motion states. "In addition, Mr. Jones has certain medical conditions that are in need of periodic medical review and treatment by his physicians also located in the immediate St. Louis, Missouri area."

Gilbert had not yet ruled on the motion as of Feb. 5.

Jones has also admitted to cheating BP Amoco North America.

His Jan. 22 plea agreement requires restitution of $1,207,415.82 to BP Amoco, on top of a promise to pay $2.4 million in federal income taxes for 2002 through 2005 on sentencing day.

Jones pleaded guilty to dodging $1.2 million in 2003 taxes, and he admitted he evaded a similar amount before and after 2003.

He stipulated that his company, Triad Industries, received money from BP Amoco to clean up refinery pollution but spent it in other ways.

Jones provided documents to his accountant indicating that Triad invoiced BP Amoco for construction work that Triad and subcontractors performed, it stated.

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