Visit Dothan President disputes report that could send him to prison

Aaron McCreight’s attorney this week filed an objection to presentence findings conducted after McCreight pleaded guilty to bank fraud.
Published: Jun. 4, 2022 at 11:53 AM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (WTVY) -As his freedom hangs in the balance, Visit Dothan President Aaron McCreight is challenging a report that will go a long way in determining his punishment.

McCreight’s attorney this week filed an objection to presentence findings conducted after McCreight pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud.

That report is filed under seal, keeping findings from public view, but typically these reports significantly influence sentencing judges.

In 2018 McCreight, then CEO of an Iowa tourist group like Visit Dothan, inflated revenue projections to obtain a bank loan that Go Cedar Rapids used to finance a music and arts festival.

That three-day event flopped and Go Cedar Rapids folded $2.3 million in debt. The bank got duped.

Long before he was indicted about six months ago, McCreight found a new home in Dothan.

Visit Dothan’s board has supported him during this embarrassing ordeal, praising his success luring tourists to Dothan and navigating the pandemic.

McCreight hopes to receive probation. Otherwise, he will be fired or forced to resign.

Unlike McCreight, federal prosecutors have no objection to the presentence investigation findings.

Sentencing in Cedar Rapids is expected this summer.

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