WICHITA — A multistate investigation into a liquor distributor once located in Pittsburg has led to the arrest of a Baxter Springs man.
James “Jimmy” A. Hall, 48, has been released on bond after being arrested Friday and held in the Sedgwick County Jail. According to a release from the Kansas Department of Revenue, Hall has been arrested on charges of forgery, identity theft, making false information, obtaining a Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control license by fraud, as well as the purchase, sale and distribution of alcohol without a license — all in connection with Jayhawk Beverage.
Jayhawk was originally licensed at 2503 Maretta Drive, in Pittsburg, most recently in March of 2016 according to state records, before moving to Wichita at some point.
KDOR Director of Communications Jeannine Koranda said she was unsure when the business relocated to 8600 block of East 37th Street in Wichita. Agents seized approximately $70,000 worth of alcohol and ledger books from the Wichita location the same day Hall was arrested.
Koranda said the portion of the alcohol allegedly illegally purchased “obtained from various distributors” could be returned to the original owners after the investigation is complete, adding the Pittsburg location will likely be searched for any additional contraband.
Koranda said the liquor license was under the name of Hall’s wife. The distribution licenses were under the name of Annie Battitori-Hall on the KDOR website, and were revoked “recently,” Koranda said, adding James Hall allegedly forged his wife’s name to the license.
KDOR worked in conjunction law enforcement agencies in Kansas, California and Florida, according to the release.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.