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Sunday, December 30, 2018

AND YOU THOUGHT I FORGOT! Five Years After Suspicious Fire Destroy's Battle Creek's On Deck Sports Bar, Its Owner/Manager/Whatever Duo Facing Stiff Federal Fraud Charges

EN FUEGO: In a scene reminiscent of the Bamboo Lounge “bust-out” from the movie “Goodfellas”, Battle Creek's On Deck Sports Bar (owned by the “crooked chiropractor” Robert Buckhannon and his live-in girlfriend Kelly Demoss) was torched five years ago, in the early morning hours of December 30, 2013. 

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported that the four-story building at 225 W. Michigan Ave. was heavily damaged by the fire, first reported to the Battle Creek Fire Department at 4:21 a.m. 

But there's good news: Buckhannon and Demoss were indicted August 8, 2018 in federal court on various charges relating to a “conspiracy was to obtain money by means of false and fraudulent pretenses and representations to unlawfully enrich themselves, including by converting to their own personal use business loan proceeds fraudulently obtained from Blackburne that were intended for On Deck Sports Bar & Grill LLC”. 

DeMoss and Buckhannon are each charged with a total of five counts: one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. 

If convicted, maximum penalties range from 10 to 20 years, plus mandatory restitution.

And now we look forward to welcoming the New Year, full of things that have never been—a pair of stiff sentences.

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