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December 30, 2010

Former Lansing police officer, school board member charged with attempting to entice a minor for sex
KANSAS CITY – A former Lansing, Kan., police officer and school board member was charged in federal court today with attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex. William Brian Duncan, 40, of Leavenworth, Kan., was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.
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Motion for Detention

December 27, 2010

Former Branson resident pleads guilty to income tax evasion
SPRINGFIELD – A former Branson, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to income tax evasion. James H. Caler, 49 of Tempe, Ariz., formerly of Branson, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, to a federal information that charges him with tax evasion for income earned in 2008.
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December 23, 2010

Business owner pleads guilty to false tax return
KANSAS CITY – Grandview, Mo. man who operated a roofing business in the Kansas City, Mo., area, pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the IRS on his income tax return. Inocente Ramirez, 38, a citizen of Mexico who is also a citizen of the United States, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Today he entered a plea of guilty in federal court to one count for false statements he made on his 2005 income tax return.
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December 22, 2010

Nixa man sentenced to prison in false tax claim conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD – A Nixa, Mo., man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for attempting to defraud the government by claiming a tax refund for himself, and helping others claim tax refunds to which they were not entitled. Jason Andrew Powell, 32, of Nixa, was sentenced on December 21, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 17 months in federal prison without parole, 3 years of supervised release, and $71,622 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
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December 21, 2010

Three men charged with conspiring to rob grocery store, illegal possession of firearms;
Complaint alleges connection with string of recent grocery store robberies

KANSAS CITY – Two Kansas City, Missouri men and a Bethany, Missouri man were charged Monday in federal court with conspiring to commit robbery and with illegally possessing multiple firearms in connection with a recent string of grocery store robberies. Jeremiah Kraushaar, 31, of Bethany, Javon Turner, 35, of Kansas City, and Finis Richardson, 35, of Kansas City, were charged in a two-count complaint filed in the Western District of Missouri with one count of conspiring to rob an Apple Market grocery store in Kansas City, Missouri, and one count of being felons in possession of firearms.
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December 16, 2010

U.S. Attorney's Office collects more than $15 million in victim restitution, fines, civil actions;
Contributed to $6.68 billion total nationally; largest recoveries in history
KANSAS CITY – Financial collections exceeded $15 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. Nationwide, collections by the Department of Justice reached an all-time high this year.
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Six defendants sentenced for $3.5 million illegal gambling operation;
11 grand jury witnesses cited for contempt, spent over 1,500 days in custody
KANSAS CITY – Six defendants were sentenced today, in separate but related cases, for their roles in a $3.5 million illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Gerlarmo Cammisano, also known as “Jerry,” 57, Vincent F. Civella, 53, Michael C. Sansone, 31, Anthony V. Sansone, 28, and Michael V. Badalucco, 27, all of Kansas City, Mo., and Charles J. Simone, 26, of Liberty, Mo., were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey.
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December 15, 2010

Highway Patrol officer, owners of two Carrollton auto repair shops indicted for $245,000 conspiracy to sell salvaged vehicles with altered VINs
KANSAS CITY – A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer and the owners of two Carrollton, Mo., auto repair shops were among four Carrollton men indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a $245,000 conspiracy to sell salvaged vehicles with altered Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates and stickers. Darrin L. Potter, 34, Michael H. Carter, 24, Anthony J. Riley, 30, all of Carrollton, and Dusty Berry, 26, formerly of Carrollton, were charged in a 19-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
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Cabool man sentenced to 50 years for child porn;
Photographed sexual assaults against daughter and distributed images over the Internet
SPRINGFIELD – A Cabool, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing and possessing child pornography, including his own photos of sexual assaults that he and others committed against his minor daughter. Charles “Chuck” R. Denning, 50, of Cabool, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to 50 years in federal prison without parole.
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Jury convicts Mexican national of marijuana, illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY – A Mexican national has been convicted by a federal trial jury of his role in a conspiracy to grow marijuana in a field in Cameron, Mo., and of illegally possessing a firearm. Edulio Perez, 50, a citizen of Mexico, was found guilty on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, of all three counts contained in an Oct. 21, 2010, superseding indictment. Perez was found guilty of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
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December 14, 2010

Independence man pleads guilty to $688,000 in false claims on tax returns
KANSAS CITY – An Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements in an income tax return. Byron K. Meeks, 31, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to the charge contained in a July 20, 2010, federal indictment.
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Jury convicts KC man of illegal firearm, faces at least 15 years in prison
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man has been convicted by a federal trial jury of illegally possessing a firearm. Jeroba K. Wright, 41, of Kansas City, was found guilty on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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December 9, 2010

Springfield man sentenced to 18 years for marijuana, illegalfirearm;
Three co-defendants also sentenced
SPRINGFIELD – Three Springfield, Mo., men and a Denton, Texas, man have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy Cale Harris, 33, Ricky D. Snook, 50, and Keith A. Thompson, 27, all of Springfield, and Elton Earl Warren III, 28, of Denton, were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Harris was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison without parole. Snook and Thompson were each sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison without parole. Warren was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole.
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Project Safe Childhood
Former police officer sentenced for producing child porn
SPRINGFIELD – A former Noel, Mo., police officer was sentenced in federal court today for sexually exploiting a child and for possessing child pornography. Casey Nanez, 28, of Noel, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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December 8, 2010

Jury convicts Webb City man of meth conspiracy, smuggled meth ingredients from Thailand
SPRINGFIELD – A Webb City, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Marcus A. Herrell, 36, of Webb City, was found guilty of all six counts contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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Project Safe Childhood
Former girls track coach pleads guilty to internet child porn
KANSAS CITY – A former girls track coach in Frontenac, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to receive child pornography over the Internet. Kurtis W. Neely, 32, of Raymore, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to the charge contained in an Aug. 10, 2010, federal indictment. Neely was formerly employed as a track coach at St. Joseph Academy in Frontenac.
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December 7, 2010

Three KC men indicted for armed robberies
KANSAS CITY – Three Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for armed robberies at three local businesses. Mohammad S. Rashid, also known as “A.C.,” 22, Terrell E. Lewis, 22, and Robert L. Smith, 19, all of Kansas City, Mo., were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Blue Springs man pleads guilty to arson
KANSAS CITY – A Blue Springs, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the arson of a Blue Springs business. Joseph R. Young, 24, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charge contained in a May 5, 2010, federal indictment.
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December 6, 2010

Ozark man pleads guilty to selling false aircraft inspection labels
SPRINGFIELD – An Ozarks, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to creating and selling false aircraft inspection labels. Joseph J. Fisk, 58, of Ozark, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charge contained in a July 28, 2010, federal indictment. Fisk is the owner of Air & Marine Radio, LLC, in Ozark.
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December 2, 2010

Oak Grove man sentenced to 15 years for $40 million meth conspiracy;
1,000 pounds of chemical from KC plant used to manufacture meth
KANSAS CITY – An Oak Grove, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a criminal conspiracy that involved approximately 1,000 pounds of pseudoephedrine taken from the Sanofi-Aventis U.S., LLC pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo., leading to the manufacture of more than $40 million worth of methamphetamine. Garland Duane Hankins, 43, of Oak Grove, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hankins to forfeit to the government approximately $92,000 that was seized at the time of his arrest, approximately $44,800 that was seized from bank accounts, and his residence.
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Licking man charged with additional arson fires at truck stops, illegal firearm
JEFFERSON CITY – A Licking, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on additional arson charges related to a series of fires set at Missouri truck stops, and for illegally possessing a firearm. Steven Oakley Price, 40, of Licking, was charged in a seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an indictment that was returned on July 14, 2010, and adds five additional counts of arson.
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Stover mayor faces additional criminal charge;
Indicted for lying to federal agent about false drinking water samples
JEFFERSON CITY – The mayor of Stover, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today on an additional criminal charge related to violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. Scott Allen Beckmann, 41, of Stover, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an indictment that was returned on April 15, 2010. In addition to the original count of misprision of a felony, today’s indictment charges Beckmann with making a false statement.
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December 1, 2010

KC man sentenced for firearms trafficking
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally trafficking firearms, including several firearms that have been recovered in separate criminal investigations. Montell F. Ross, 28, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to 18 months in federal prison without parole.
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Jury convicts chemist of possessing cyanide
KANSAS CITY – An Independence, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing potassium cyanide. Hessam S. Ghane, 60, of Independence, Mo., was found guilty of the charge contained in a May 15, 2003, federal indictment. Ghane is a naturalized citizen from Iran. A chemist with a Ph.D., he was employed with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers until 1993, and taught chemistry at Maple Woods Community College in 1996 and 1997.
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Ownes of Guaranty Title sentenced for $4.1 million fraud
SPRINGFIELD – The owners of Guaranty Title, formerly headquartered in Nixa, Mo., have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in $4.1 million wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Richard G. “Rick” Burton, 60, of Nixa, Mo., and Kathy Cyrena Allen, also known as Kathy Stanton, 53, of Sarcoxie, Mo., were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. Burton was sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison without parole. Allen was sentenced to three years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Burton and Allen to pay $4,150,663 in restitution, for which they are jointly and severally liable.
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November 30, 2010

KC man sentenced for bomb hoax at federal courthouse
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for making a false bomb threat over the telephone after he placed a hoax bomb at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse. Manuel Garcia, 66, a homeless man whose last known address was in Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Kathryn H. Vratil of the District of Kansas to 18 months in federal prison without parole after the Western District of Missouri judges recused themselves from the case.
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Willow Springs man sentenced to 18 years for illegal firearms
SPRINGFIELD – A Willow Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing several firearms. Robert Keith Cravens, 30, of Willow Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 18 years in federal prison without parole. Cravens was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
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Anderson man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm used in shooting
SPRINGFIELD – An Anderson, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm that he used to shoot and kill another person. Micheal J. Smith, 40, of Anderson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Anderson was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
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S;pringfield man sentenced to 17 years in prison for illegal firearm
SPRINGFIELD – A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Michael Willoughby, 30, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 17 years and one month in federal prison without parole. Willoughby was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
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Greene County man sentenced for bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD – A Greene County, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing Empire Bank in Springfield, Mo. Curtis L. Ralls, 44, of Greene County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Ralls pleaded guilty to bank robbery on May 10, 2010.
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St. Joseph company pleads guilty to dumping pollutants into city's wastewater system, will pay $50,000 federal fine
KANSAS CITY – A St. Joseph, Mo., company and its vice president pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally discharging pollutants into the city’s wastewater treatment system in violation of the Clean Water Act. Oak Mill, Inc., represented in court by its vice president, Robert Arundale, 81, of San Diego, Calif., pleaded guilty to two counts of the intentional unlawful discharge of pollutants. In addition, Arundale pleaded guilty to one count of the negligent unlawful discharge of pollutants. Under the terms of today’s plea agreements, Oak Mill and Arundale jointly agreed to pay a fine of $50,000.
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Project Safe Childhood
Jasper man pleads guilty to child porn
SPRINGFIELD – A Jasper, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Christopher Clutter, 24, of Jasper, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, to the charges contained in an Aug. 6, 2008, federal indictment.
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November 29, 2010

Branson father, son plead guilty to tax evasion
SPRINGFIELD – Two Branson, Mo., business owners pleaded guilty in federal court today to tax evasion. Thomas A. Wood, 59, and his son, Denver A. Wood, 35, both of Branson, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charges contained in an Aug. 5, 2009, federal indictment.
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Excelsior Springs man charged with bank robbery
KANSAS CITY – An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with robbing Community Bank of Missouri in Excelsior Springs. Joseph J. Laird, 31, of Excelsior Springs, was charged in a federal criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.
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November 23, 2010

Former Nixa firefighter sentenced to 15 years for receiving child porn
SPRINGIFLED – A former Nixa, Mo., firefighter was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Michael Keith Benson, 41, of Nixa, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Benson to spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration.
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November 22, 2010

Blue Springs woman among nine defendants indicted in $11 million mortgage fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY – A Blue Springs, Mo., woman was among nine defendants indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme. Leann Raejeana Turner, 41, of Blue Springs, Bruce Q. Williams, 41, of Kansas City, Kan., Carole L. Colson, 68, of Lake Worth, Fla., Anthony E. Hicks, 38, of Little Rock, Ark., Mark P. Billey, 37, of Buena Park, Calif., Zelda Ann Jackson, 37, of Newbury Park, Calif., and James Arthur Nash, Jr., 40, Arman Nshanian, 24, and Linda Joyce Henry Johnson, 62, all of Corona, Calif., were charged in a 35-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010.
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Petro America
Four defendants indicted in $7.2 million securities fraud conspiracy;
Scheme targeted thousands of investors nationwide
KANSAS CITY – Four defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a $7.2 million securities fraud conspiracy that victimized thousands of investors across the United States who bought shares in Petro America Corporation, which was purported to be a profitable oil trading company. Isreal Owen Hawkins, 55, of Kansas City, Kan., Teresa Brown, 52 of Bandera, Texas, Johnny Heurung, 56, of Saint Paul, Minn., and Clarence Moore, 62, of Atlanta, Ga., were charged in an 14-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
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Springfield business owner, Michigan associate sentenced for $11.9 million fraud scheme;
Sold dietary supplements over the Internet with false claims to prevent, cure diseases
SPRINGFIELD – A Springfield, Mo., business owner and his associate in Michigan were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to fraudulently market dietary supplements over the Internet with illegal claims that these supplements could prevent, treat or cure a number of diseases. Several Web sites were used to sell more than $11.9 million worth of products in 2005 and 2006. Charles Thao, 43, of Springfield, and Tony T. Pham, 43, of Grand Rapids, Mich., were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr. Thao was sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison without parole. Pham was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole. The court will finalize at a later date a money judgment against Thao and Pham of $11,954,648 (for which the co-defendants are jointly and severally liable), which represents the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offenses, and the forfeiture by Thao of real estate properties, vehicles and the funds credited to various bank accounts.
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Former students indicted for computer hacking at University of Central Missouri
KANSAS CITY – Two former students of the University of Central Missouri have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a computer hacking conspiracy. “Two students sought to victimize thousands of students and others associated with the University of Central Missouri,” Phillips said, “but fortunately, their computer hacking scheme was discovered and their attempt to profit from it was thwarted. We appreciate the diligence of university officials, who immediately notified the victims when the breach was discovered, and have cooperated fully with our investigation.” Joseph A. Camp, 26, and Daniel J. Fowler, 21, of Kansas City, Mo., were charged in a seven-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. The indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Fowler’s arrest and initial court appearance.
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November 19, 2010

KC man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking women into forced prostitution
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for commercial sex trafficking. Michael L. Buck, 37, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum penalty. The court ordered the sentence to be served consecutively to his remaining state sentences.
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19 defendants indicted for nearly $1 million drug-trafficking, money-laundering conspiracies
KANSAS CITY – Nineteen defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their role in nearly $1 million drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies. Juan Antonio Marron, also known as “Casper,” 32, his mother, Maria Marron, also known as “Luz,” 55, a citizen of Mexico, his brother, Mario Marron, 34, his brothers-in-law, Anthony Francis Alvarez, 35, and Frank Michael Alvarez, 32, all of Kansas City, Mo., another brother-in-law, David Hernandez-Montoya, 31, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Kan., as well as Robert Joseph Olvera, 47, Benito Castillo Gutierrez, 33, John Gasca, Jr., 30, Armando Mendez, 34, Rafael Zamora, 33, Joseph Michael Lopez, 29, Gilbert Lupercio, 30, and Muhammad I. Rollie, 23, all of Kansas City, Mo., Margot Charlene Davidson, 57, of Independence, Mo., Jason Richardson, 31, of Sugar Creek, Mo., Marco Antonio Mursia, 28, of Kansas City, Kan., and Deshaun Ceruti, 36, of St. Louis, Mo., were charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
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KC man sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. Alfonso M. Tunley, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2010, to 10 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum penalty.
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November 18, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to illegal gambling operation
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man, pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. James J. Moretina, 61, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen to the charge contained in a March 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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Former government contractor sentenced for mail fraud, money laundering;
Stole $573,000 in computer equipment from USDA, sold stolen equipment over the Internet
KANSAS CITY – A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for a mail fraud scheme that involved stealing approximately $573,000 worth of computer equipment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a contract employee, and selling it over the Internet for more than $166,000. Gragg R. Vaill, 48, of Lee’s Summit, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to 18 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Vaill to pay $400,000 in restitution.
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November 16, 2010

Lake Tapawingo man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY – A Lake Tapawingo, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Johnathan R. Cope, 32, of Lake Tapawingo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 15 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Cope was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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November 10, 2010

Former Republic postmaster sentenced for misappropriating postal funds
SPRINGFIELD – The former postmaster for the Republic, Mo., Post Office was sentenced in federal court today for misappropriating postal funds. Donna Rippee, 64, of Republic, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to three years probation. The court also ordered Rippee to pay $14,374.70 in restitution.
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November 9, 2010

Blue Springs woman sentenced for $825,000 bank fraud, money laundering
KANSAS CITY – A Blue Springs, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for a bank fraud and money laundering scheme in which she embezzled nearly $825,000 from her employer. Shanna M. Hutchens, 37, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 46 months in federal prison without parole and immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals. The court also ordered Hutchens to pay $818,987.96 in restitution.
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Former Olathe doctor sentenced for fraud, distributing prescription drugs, harassing state investigator
KANSAS CITY – A former Olathe, Kan., physician was sentenced in federal court today for health care fraud, illegally distributing prescription drugs and harassing a state investigator. Wayne W. Williamson, 67, of Olathe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to three years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Williamson to pay $2,739.04 in restitution to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Williamson surrendered his license to practice medicine and may never seek licensing to practice in any state or territory of the United States.
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KC man sentenced to 210 months for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Christopher Scroggins, 31, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 210 months in federal prison without parole. Scroggins was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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Christian County Assessor pleads guilty to mail fraud, failed to assess her own property for taxes; husband pleads guilty in conspiracy to defraud bank, insurance company in false cattle theft claim
SPRINGFIELD – The Christian County Assessor and her husband have both pleaded guilty in federal court today to all charges against them in two separate but related cases. Sandra Bryant-Littles, 51, of Clever, Mo., pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud after failing to assess herself for personal property taxes. Those charges were contained in an Oct. 5, 2010 superseding indictment, which replaced the original four-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Oct. 14, 2009. Her husband, Lonnie Utah Littles, 62, also of Clever, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and two counts of wire fraud, regarding a false cattle theft claim. Those charges were contained in another Oct. 5, 2010 superseding indictment, which replaced the original Oct. 14, 2009 three-count indictment in his case. The two trials were scheduled to take place the weeks of Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, 2010.
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Former Nixa official sentenced for $756,000 fraud, money laundering conspiracies
SPRINGFIELD – The former street superintendent for the city of Nixa, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for a scheme to defraud the city of more than $756,000. Larry W. Covington, 51, of Ash Grove, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 108 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Covington to pay $755,269.87 in restitution and to forfeit to the government $756,010, which represents the proceeds of the offenses, as well as a 1999 Dutchman travel trailer, a 2004 Bombadier Outlander 400, a 2005 flatbed trailer, a 2005 trailer, a Benelli M1 Super 90, a Smith & Wesson .22-caliber long round automatic pistol and a Colt .45-caliber revolver. Covington must also forfeit to the government all benefits held by MO LAGERS, which include a lump sum presently valued at $58,318.
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Pastor charged with additional child porn count
SPRINGFIELD – A Duenweg, Mo., pastor was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for receiving and possessing child pornography. Michael Alan Crippen, 51, of Duenweg, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Today’s indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Crippen on Oct. 26, 2010.
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November 4, 2010

Springfield man sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking;
'X Family' leader recruited women, teens to sell drugs
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a drug-trafficking conspiracy. The defendant, who recruited young women and teenage girls as part of what he called the “X family,” distributed heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in the Springfield area. Claude X, 51, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to life plus five years in federal prison without parole. His prior drug-trafficking convictions qualified X for a mandatory life sentence, with a consecutive mandatory five-year sentence for illegally possessing a firearm.
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Third man charged in armed robbery of Brink's truck
KANSAS CITY - A Grandview, Mo., man has been charged in federal court with the armed robbery of a Brink’s truck. Larry Platt, 20, of Grandview, was charged with armed robbery in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.
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Springfield, Nixa men plead guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man and a Nixa, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to trafficking in counterfeit goods after federal agents seized hundreds of pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes and other counterfeit apparel from them. Brent Darrell Luna, 25, of Nixa, and Lukas Antonio Rivas, 21, of Springfield, pleaded guilty in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to the charges contained in a July 28, 2010, federal indictment.
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November 3, 2010

Credit unino manager sentenced for embezzling $400,000
KANSAS CITY - A Claycomo, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling nearly $400,000 from the credit union where she was employed as a branch manager. Joyce Buchanan, 56, of Claycomo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Buchanan to pay $406,151 in restitution.
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Three Columbia men indicted for cocaine conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - Three Columbia, Mo., men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Boone County, Mo. Michael Jerome Walker, Jr., 26, Matthew Raymond Olsson, also known as “Odog Phatty,” 32, and Corey Wayne Everage, 32, all of Columbia, were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.
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November 2, 2010

Rockaway Beach man indicted for bank robberies
JEFFERSON CITY - A Rockaway Beach, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for bank robberies in Columbia, Mo., and Sedalia, Mo. Kenneth Dewain Parker, 47, of Rockaway Beach, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Jury convicts St. Joseph man of illegal firearm, ammunition
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Jason Lee Harris, 25, of St. Joseph, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
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Branson husband, wife sentenced for tax fraud at Branson business, filing false tax returns
SPRINGFIELD - A Branson, Mo., husband and wife have been sentenced in federal court for corporate tax fraud and filing false tax returns. Carl Roger Davis, 74, and his wife, Jo Elaine Davis, 60, both of Branson, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Carl Davis was sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $189,892 in restitution. Jo Davis was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.
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October 29, 2010

Columbia bank officer sentenced for embezzling bank funds,
must pay $1 million resitution
JEFFERSON CITY - A former bank officer at US Bank in Columbia, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling bank funds and must pay more than $1 million in restitution. Timothy Earl Ferguson, 48, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, to three years and five months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Ferguson to pay $1,053,684 in restitution
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October 28, 2010

Human Trafficking Rescue Project
Jury convicts Ellisville man in racketeering enterprise that engaged in forced labor
KANSAS CITY - An Ellisville, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo. Kristin Dougherty, 51, of Ellisville, was found guilty of all three counts contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment. Dougherty was convicted of racketeering, participating in a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) conspiracy, and wire fraud.
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Russellville man sentenced to 19 years for illegal firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - A Russellville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing firearms. Dale Scott Olten, Sr., 47, of Russellville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. Olten was sentenced as a career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announced criminal charges against Isreal Owen Hawkins,
the founder of Petro America.

KCK man charged in $7.2 million fraud scheme that targeted thousands of investors nationwide
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Kan., man has been charged in federal court for his role in a $7.2 million securities fraud scheme that victimized thousands of investors across the United States. Isreal Owen Hawkins, 55, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged in a two-count criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Hawkins is the president and CEO of Petro America Corporation. The criminal complaint charges Hawkins with securities fraud and with structuring financial transactions in order to evade federal reporting requirements.
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October 26, 2010

Former bank president pleads guilty;
Scheme forced bank to close, FDIC paid $4.3 million in losses
JEFFERSON CITY - The former president of Hume Bank in Bates County, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the FDIC as part of a bank fraud scheme that caused such significant losses that the bank was pushed into insolvency. Jeffrey W. Thompson, 40, of Hume, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays to the charges contained in a Dec. 1, 2009, federal indictment.
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Project Safe Childhood
Pastor charged with receiving child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Duenweg, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with receiving child pornography over the Internet. Michael Alan Crippen, 51, of Duenweg, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo. Crippen is the pastor at First Baptist Church in Duenweg.
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October 21, 2010

Strip club owner charged with illegal firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - The owner of a strip club in Sunrise Beach, Mo., was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing firearms. Jimmy Duane Davis, 55, of Sunrise Beach, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo. Davis is the owner of the Eclipse Gentleman’s Club.
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Project Safe Childhood
Former college professor sentenced for child pornography, illegal firearms
SPRINGFIELD - A Nevada, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography and for illegally possessing several firearms. Thomas E. Ruley, 59, of Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.
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October 19, 2010

KC woman indicted for identity theft, assaulting federal officers
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for aggravated identity theft and for assaulting federal officers with a vehicle while fleeing during pursuit. Christine Lane, 22, of Kansas City, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Project Safe Childhood
Columbia man pleads guilty to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor
SPRINGFIELD - A Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to sexually exploit a minor by manufacturing child pornography. John Steven Green, 28, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to the charge contained in an Oct. 13, 2009, federal indictment.
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October 18, 2010

Springfield business owner sentenced for possessing stolen firearms,
structuring financial transactions
SPRINGFIELD - A Pleasant Hope, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography. Phillip M. Brumfield, 59, of Pleasant Hope, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brumfield to forfeit to the government four computers and a VHS camcorder that were used to commit the offense.
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Springfield business owner sentenced for possessing stolen firearms,
structuring financial transactions
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., business owner was sentenced in federal court today for possessing stolen firearms and structuring financial transactions in order to evade federal reporting requirements. Daniel Rook, 55, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. The court also ordered Rook to forfeit to the government a sum of money equal to $210,195, including a Lexus LS460L, $80,904 that was seized from two bank accounts, and $91,590 in cash that was seized from his home.
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Project Safe Childhood
Ozark manpleads guilty to producing child porn, faces at least 15 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD - An Ozark, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to producing child pornography. Timothy Kemner, 34, of Ozark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr today to the charge contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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October 15, 2010

Three men sentenced for meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - Three co-defendants have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Barry County, Mo. Ignacio Servin-Chavez, also known as “Nacho,” 33, of Lowell, Ark., and Ricardo Grimaldo, also known as “Rico,” 39, and Joe L. Lizcano, 44, both of Monett, Mo., were sentenced in separate appearances on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Servin-Chavez was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole and ordered to forfeit to the government a 2003 Ford F-350 pickup truck, which was used to facilitate the conspiracy, and $1,099 that was seized by law enforcement as the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. Grimaldo was sentenced to five years and six months in federal prison without parole. Lizcano was sentenced to three years and three months in federal prison without parole.
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West Plains woman sentenced for stealing $760,000 from employer, false tax return
SPRINGFIELD - A West Plains, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for a scheme to embezzle more than $760,000 from her former employer. Mary Elizabeth Hurtt, 58, of West Plains, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Hurtt to pay $760,504 in restitution.
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October 14, 2010

Polo woman pleads guilty to $414,000 bank theft
KANSAS CITY - A Polo, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $414,000 from Bank Northwest, where she was employed in Polo and Hamilton, Mo. Laurine K. Calvert, 55, of Polo, waived her right to a grand jury indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to a federal information that charges her with embezzlement by a bank employee.
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Ozark business owner indicted for $6.7 million fraud
SPRINGFIELD - An Ozark, Mo., business owner has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to a $6.7 million bank fraud scheme, money laundering and failure to pay taxes. James E. Ledbetter, 65, of Ozark, was charged in a 14-count indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Oct. 6, 2010.
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Black Market Travel Agents
New York man pleads guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - A New York, N.Y., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Termain Brice, 31, of New York, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
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October 13, 2010

Project Safe Childhood
Clay County man sentenced to 20 years for attempting to produce child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to produce child pornography. Elvon L. Arndt, 66, of Kansas City-North, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 20 years in federal prison without parole.
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Black Market Travel Agents
Two men plead guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - Two defendants pleaded guilty today, in separate but related cases, to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Ricardo Clay, 30, and Romeyo Calavarey, also known as “Malawtic Surreal,” 25, both of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.
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October 8, 2010

KC man charged with illegally possessing firearm outside day care center
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm after he was seen with a handgun while outside the Operation Breakthrough day care facility. Midge A. Pollard, 55, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.
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KC man pleads guilty to making threats against psychologist
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to making threats against a psychologist as part of his effort to receive Social Security disability benefits. Tyrone L. Holman, 32, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to obstructing the federal proceedings before a federal agency.
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October 7, 2010

Project Safe Childhood
Bail bondsman indicted for producing child pornography
SPRINGFIELD - A bail bondsman from Kansas City, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing and possessing child pornography. Joseph Vanhorn, 69, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Vanhorn is the owner of Victory Bail Bonds in Kansas City.
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Human Trafficking Rescue Project
Chillicothe man sentenced to 21 years in prison for selling children for prostitution
KANSAS CITY - A Chillicothe, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for child sex trafficking involving the sale of at least five minor victims for prostitution. Randal G. Jennings, 43, of Chillicothe, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court has taken under advisement the government’s request that Jennings pay $882,650 in restitution to his victims ($176,530 for each of five victims) and will rule on that issue at a later date.
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October 6, 2010

Two Independence men charged with bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - Two Independence, Mo., men were charged in federal court today with bank robbery. Michael Smythe, 49, and Jeremy Bagnell, 35, both of Independence, were charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.
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Project Safe Childhood
KC man pleads guilty to distributing child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing child pornography over the Internet. Louis James Inzerillo, 48, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to a federal information that charges him with distributing child pornography.
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Joplin college student pleads guilty to attempting to produce child porn;
Faces 20 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD - A Joplin, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to sexually exploiting three minors in an attempt to produce child pornography. Harry Sneed, 19, of St. Louis, Mo., a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charges contained in a May 12, 2010, indictment. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Sneed will be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole if the District Court judge accepts the plea agreement.
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Husband of Christan County Assessor charged with wire fraud in new indictment;
Original bank fraud charges remain for false cattle theft claim
SPRINGFIELD - A Clever, Mo., man was charged with wire fraud in a new indictment returned by a federal grand jury today. Those charges were added to the original indictment’s charges related to a bank fraud conspiracy that involved a false cattle theft claim. Lonnie Utah Littles, 62, of Clever, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Today’s superseding indictment replaces an Oct. 14, 2009, indictment and adds two additional counts of wire fraud. Littles owns Poco Cala Ranch with his wife, Christian County Assessor Sandra Bryant-Littles.
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Fort Leonard Wood woman indicted for attempted murder;
Stabbed husband, infant daughter with kitchen knife
SPRINGFIELD - A Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today on murder and assault charges related to an attack in which she stabbed her husband and infant daughter with a kitchen knife. Chilquitta Wanee Favors, 25, of Fort Leonard Wood, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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Project Safe Childhood
Golden man indicted for producing chil dporn, possessing counterfeit $100 bills
SPRINGFIELD - A Golden, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to producing child pornography as well as possessing counterfeit $100 bills. Timothy C. Stringer, 33, of Golden, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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Project Safe Childhood
Maine man indicted for distributing child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Lewiston, Maine, man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for distributing child pornography over the Internet and attempting to transfer obscenity to a minor. Steven W. Hall, 53, of Lewiston, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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October 5, 2010

Two Webb City men plead guilty to meth conspiracy,
imported meth ingredients from Thailand
SPRINGFIELD - Two Webb City, Mo., men pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Today’s convictions are the result of Operation Rhino Trap, an investigation targeting Internet purchases of pseudoephedrine from Thailand for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine. Gary Dishong, 50, and Michael W. Wright, 52, both of Webb City, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to the charges contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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Two KC men indicted for armed robbery of local business
KANSAS CITY - Two Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for the armed robbery of a local clothing store. Danzel A. Reese, 18, and Terrell E. Lewis, 22, both of Kansas City, were charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Project Safe Childhood
Music teacher sentenced for child pornography
KANSAS CITY - A professional musician and former music teacher at two Kansas City-area schools was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography and receiving child pornography over the Internet. William Harold Laursen, 57, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to seven years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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September 30, 2010

Joplin husband, wife convicted of health care fraud
SPRINGFIELD - A Joplin, Mo., husband and wife who operated five long-term residential care facilities in southwest Missouri were convicted in federal court today of health care fraud. Robert J. Dupont, Jr., 65, and his wife, Laverne D. Dupont, 74, were each found guilty of one count of conspiring to commit health care fraud and one count of committing health care fraud. Robert Dupont was acquitted of the money laundering charges that were contained in an April 2, 2008, federal indictment.
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Project Ceasefire
St. Louis man sentenced to 15 years inprison for illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - A St. Louis, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms. John H. Lauth, 46, of St. Louis, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.
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St. Joseph man sentenced to 15 years in prison for two bank robberies
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for two bank robberies. Michael Sandgren, 45, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Sept. 17, 2010, to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
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September 29, 2010

Project Safe Childhood
Danish man indicted for extortion,producing child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Randers, Denmark man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for producing child pornography and for extortion. Kai Lundstroem Pedersen, 60, a citizen of Denmark, was charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
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North Carolina man pleads guilty to $225,000 scheme to defraud the federal government
KANSAS CITY - A North Carolina man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government of more than $225,000. Jeffrey Blake, 55, of Cornelius, N.C., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to a federal information that charges him with conspiracy to defraud the government.
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September 24, 2010

Black Market Travel Agents
Three men plead guilty to multi-million-dollar fraud
Conspirators used stolen identities,credit cards to purchase airline tickets
KANSAS CITY - Three defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Sean Fleming, also known as”David Bravo” or “Pucci,” 29, of Hialeah, Fla., and Kareem Nelson, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy in separate appearances today before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan. Alexander Lewis, also known as “Mike Gotti,” 25, of McDonough, Ga., pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, to the same conspiracy charge contained in a May 5, 2010, federal indictment.
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September 23, 2010

Former Columbia bank manager indicted for stealing from soccer league, team
JEFFERSON CITY - A former Columbia, Mo., bank branch manager was indicted by a federal grand jury today for embezzling $30,000 from the accounts of a local soccer league and a soccer team that he coached. Michael Robert Rettke, 41, of Columbia, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo.
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Aurora woman indicted for embezzling $253,848 from employer
SPRINGFIELD - An Aurora, Mo., woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for counterfeit checks and mail fraud related to a scheme to embezzle $253,848 from her employer. Diana Kay Erickson, 45, of Aurora, was charged in a 16-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Aug. 24, 2010. That indictment was unsealed and made public today following Erickson’s initial court appearance.
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September 21, 2010

Jury convicts St. Robert man of illegal firearm, ammunition
SPRINGFIELD - A St. Robert, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition. Marcellus J. Watson, 37, of St. Robert, was found guilty of the charge contained in a Feb. 3, 2010, federal indictment.
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Prior child sex offender pleads guilty to child porn, faces at least 15 years in prison
KANSAS CITY - A Sugar Creek, Mo., man who is a prior child sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to distribute and receive child pornography over the Internet and to possessing child pornography. Martin A. Cordry, 47, of Sugar Creek, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to all three charges contained in a March 3, 2010, federal indictment. Cordry remains in federal detention pending his sentencing hearing.
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September 17, 2010

Stockton business owner sentenced for arson
SPRINGFIELD - An El Dorado Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in the arson fire of his business in Stockton, Mo. Dan Thornton, 39, of El Dorado Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Thornton to pay $295,494 in restitution.
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September 16, 2010

Former 'FBI Most Wanted' charged with illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a short pursuit through a parking lot. Shauntay Henderson, 27, of Kansas City, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo.
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September 15, 2010

West Plains man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm
SPRINGFIELD - A West Plains, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm. James A. Scudder, 44, of West Plains, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole. Scudder was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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Nixa man pleads guilty to defrauding the government
SPRINGFIELD - A Nixa, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the government by claiming tax refunds for himself and others that they were not entitled to receive. Jason Andrew Powell, 32, of Nixa, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, to a federal information that charges him with conspiring to defraud the federal government.
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KC man sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Reginald Lamar, 34, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Lamar was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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September 14, 2010

Independence man pleads guilty to illegally possessing firearm;
Led police on high-speed chase,crashing and burning vehicle with three children
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm. He was arrested following a high-speed police pursuit in which his vehicle overturned, catching fire, with three small children in the back seat. Earl C. Watson, 27, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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KC man sentenced to 10 years for illegal firearm after Westport shooting
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm after he was apprehended for shooting at a vehicle and injuring two victims in a shooting in Westport. Ricky L. Brooks, 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 10 years in federal prison without parole, the statutory maximum penalty.
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Kansas man sentenced for murder-for-hire scheme
KANSAS CITY - A Prairie Village, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for arranging the murder-for-hire of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Doby S. McClellan, 30, of Prairie Village, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole.
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September 13, 2010

Two Raytown men charaged in armed robbery of Brink's truck
KANSAS CITY - Two Raytown, Mo., men were charged in federal court today with the armed robbery of a Brink’s truck. Deangelo Colston, 20, and Gerald Jones, 20, both of Raytown, were charged with armed robbery in a criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
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September 9, 2010

Springfield man pleads guilty to producing child pornography;
faces at least 25 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to sexually exploiting children by taking photographs of two minors as they engaged in various sex acts. William Baker, 39, of Springfield, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charge contained in a Dec. 17, 2009, federal indictment.
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KC woman sentenced for identity theft, obstruction of justice
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in an identity theft and bank fraud scheme and for obstruction of justice. Margie P. Shephard, 46, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Shephard to forfeit to the government $40,000, which was derived from the proceeds of the offense, and to pay $8,918 in restitution.
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Woman tortured as slave, victim of sex trafficking and forced labor;
Trafficker, four customers indicted for sex trafficking conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Four southern Missouri men and a St. Louis, Mo., man have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a commercial sex trafficking conspiracy. The indictment alleges that a young, mentally deficient woman was sexually abused and tortured for several years in a Lebanon, Mo., home, and forced to work as an exotic dancer at local strip clubs. Edward Bagley, Sr., 43, and Michael Stokes, 62, both of Lebanon, Mo., Dennis Henry, 50, of Wheatland, Mo., James Noel, 44, of Springfield, Mo., and Bradley Cook, 31, of St. Louis, Mo., were charged in an 11-count indictment that was returned under seal by a grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010.
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September 8, 2010

Danish man arrested in New York, charged with distributing child porn;
Distributed video of St. Joseph minor over the Internet
KANSAS CITY - A Randers, Denmark man has been charged with distributing child pornography after he transferred video of a St. Joseph, Mo., minor over the Internet. Kai Lundstroem Pedersen, 60, a citizen of Denmark, was charged in a federal criminal complaint that was filed under seal on Sept. 3, 2010. Pedersen, who was visiting the United States, was arrested on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, in Stonybrook, N.Y.
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Respiratory therapist pleads guilty to producing child porn, faces at least 15 years in prison
KANSAS CITY - A respiratory therapist pleaded guilty in federal court today to producing child pornography. Michael D. Toal, 56, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to the charge contained in a March 16, 2010, federal indictment.
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Diamond man sentenced for four armed bank robberies in Missouri and Kansas
SPRINGFIELD - A Diamond, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for four bank robberies that occurred in Missouri and Kansas. Richard Allan Bratt, 58, of Diamond, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole.
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September 7, 2010

Restaurant owner, managers indicted for false tax return
KANSAS CITY - The owner of several Mexican restaurants, along with the managers of two of those restaurants, were indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to file false tax returns for those businesses. Ismael Onate, 46, of Clarksville, Tenn., and Miguel A. Vega, 34, of Mexico, Mo., both of whom are citizens of Mexico and lawful permanent residents, and Javier Posada, 42, of Warrensburg, Mo., a naturalized U.S. citizen, were charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Fort Leonard Wood woman charged with attempted murder;
Stabbed husband, infant daughter with chef's knife
SPRINGFIELD - A Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., woman was charged in federal court today with attempting to murder her husband following an attack in which she stabbed her husband and infant daughter with a foot-long chef’s knife. Chilquitta Wane Favors, 25, of Fort Leonard Wood, was charged in a federal criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo. The complaint alleges that on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, Favors assaulted her husband with the intent to commit murder by stabbing him.
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September 2, 2010

Former police officer pleads guilty to producing child porn, faces at least 15 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD - A former Noel, Mo., police officer pleaded guilty in federal court today to sexually exploiting a child and to possessing child pornography. Casey Nanez, 28, of Noel, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to the charges contained in a Nov. 17, 2009, federal indictment. Casey was formerly a police officer for the city of Noel.
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Polo man sentenced to 15 years in prison for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Polo, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for using a child to produce child pornography and for receiving and possessing child pornography. Terry R. Ingerson, 45, of Polo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
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September 1, 2010

Ava woman indicted for embezzling from employer in $212,100 wire fraud scheme
SPRINGFIELD - An Ava, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for embezzling $212,100 from her employer. Peggy J. Duncan, 60, of Ava, was charged in a 47-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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Clinton County man sentenced for subscribing to child porn Web sites
KANSAS CITY - A Clinton County, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to receive and possess child pornography after he subscribed to several child pornography Web sites. Michael Pinkerton, 33, of Clinton County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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August 31, 2010

Lamar man indicted for bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Lamar, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing Great Southern Bank in Lamar. Daniel Louis Slotterback, 52, of Lamar, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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August 30, 2010

Jasper man sentenced for child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Jasper, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for possessing and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Donald Lee Zaerr, 59, of Jasper, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Zaerr to forfeit to the government 12 computers, four thumb drives and 28 CDR disks, all of which were used to commit the offenses.
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Hannibal restaurant manager pleads guilty to failing to pay employment taxes
SPRINGFIELD - The manager of a Hannibal, Mo., restaurant pleaded guilty in federal court today to failing to pay federal employment taxes for his workers. Neftali Palomino Lopez, 36, of Kirksville, Mo., a citizen of Mexico who is a legal resident alien, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen to the charge contained in a federal information.
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Lee's Summit financial advisor pleads guilty to $1.2 million wire fraud scheme
SPRINGFIELD - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., financial advisor pleaded guilty in federal court today to a $1.2 million wire fraud scheme. Mark S. Greenway, 52, of Lee’s Summit, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to a federal information that charges him with wire fraud.
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August 26, 2010

Fulton man sentenced to 30 years in prison for armed bank robberies;
Series of armed robberies culminated in shoot-out with officers
KANSAS CITY - A Fulton, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a series of armed bank robberies that culminated in a vehicle pursuit and shoot-out with law enforcement officers. William Alan Wolfe, 29, of Fulton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to 30 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Wolfe to pay $42,322 in restitution to the banks.
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August 20, 2010

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips presents Det. Trenny Wilson with the Enoch B. Morelock Award.Enoch B. Morelock Award
St.Joseph detective honored for service to children, community
KANSAS CITY - The eighth annual Enoch B. Morelock Award has been presented to Detective Trenny Wilson of the St. Joseph Police Department.
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PHOTO: U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips presents Det. Trenny Wilson with the Enoch B. Morelock Award.


 

August 19, 2010

Human Trafficking Rescue Project
Uzbek man pleads guilty to racketeering
KANSAS CITY - An Uzbekistan national pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo. Nodirbek N. Abdoollayev, 28, a citizen of Uzbekistan residing in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to the charge contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment.
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August 18, 2010

Former school board member, city employee sentenced for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A former member of the Hickman Mills school board and former employee of the Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography. David R. Buie, 55, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to four years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Buie to pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim who was identified in the images he possessed.
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Fort Leonard Wood woman pleads guilty to death of infant daughter
SPRINGFIELD - A woman at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to killing her infant daughter. Kristin Marie Phillips, 35, of Fort Leonard Wood, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 11-month-old daughter, Alexis Phillips, in February 2008.
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Human Trafficking Rescue Project
St. Charles man pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A St. Charles, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo. Andrew Cole, 55, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to the charges contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment.
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August 16, 2010

Human Trafficking Rescue Project
Uzbekistan national pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - An Uzbekistan national pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo. Ilkham Fazilov, 45, a citizen of Uzbekistan residing Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to the charge contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment.
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Springfield pharmacist pleads guilty to failing to file taxes
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., pharmacist pleaded guilty in federal court today to failing to file a federal tax return. Steven Loyd Crain, 53, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to a federal information that charges him with failing to file a tax return for 2007.
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August 13, 2010

Cole Camp woman sentenced for bank fraud
JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole Camp, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for bank fraud and identity theft. Jeannie Marie Bain, 30, of Cole Camp, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to four years in federal prison without parole.
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Stover city official pleads guilty to charges related to violating Safe Drinking Water Act
JEFFERSON CITY - The public works superintendent in Stover, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges related to violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. Richard R. Sparks, 54, of Stover, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to a charge contained in an April 15, 2010, federal indictment.
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Williamsburg man pleads guilty to meth conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A Williamsburg, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. David Wayne Forbis, also known as “Fat Daddy,” 41, of Williamsburg, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to the charge contained in a Jan. 8, 2010, superseding indictment.
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August 11, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to illegal gambling operation
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man, pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Michael J. Lombardo, 51, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen to the charge contained in a March 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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August 6, 2010

Boonville man charged with producing child porn; photographed with 9-year-old at motel
JEFFERSON CITY - A Boonville, Mo., man has been charged in federal court with producing child pornography. Law enforcement officers discovered sexually explicit photographs of several men and a 9-year-old child taken at a motel room in Boonville, Mo. Matthew L. Klopfenstine, 32, of Boonville, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Jefferson City, Mo., on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.
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Traveling carnival worker charged with failing to register as a sex offender
SPRINGFIELD - A traveling carnival worker with prior convictions as a sex offender in two states has been charged in federal court with failing to register in Missouri after he absconded from state supervision in Louisiana and traveled across state lines. William Coolridge Oser, Jr., 33, no permanent address, was charged in the U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, with failing to register as a sex offender. Oser was present in the state of Missouri while working for a traveling carnival.
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Springfield man pleads guilty to investment fraud; investors lost up to $1 million
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man has pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a real estate scheme in which investors lost up to $1 million. John Michael Sheehan, 50, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as well as a money laundering conspiracy.
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U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announces the nation's first indictment for credit history fraud.

August 4, 2010

Credit history fraud alleged in $2.7 million Lee's Summit mortgage scheme;
California woman, Florida man first in nation to be indicted

KANSAS CITY - A California woman and a Florida man were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a credit history fraud that allegedly contributed to a nearly $3 million mortgage fraud scheme in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Karen Washam-Hawkins, 48, of Carson, Calif., and Gerald William Bartlett, 38, of Tampa, Fla., were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
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Carthage surgeon, brother sentenced for $1.6 million fraud
SPRINGFIELD - A Carthage, Mo., surgeon and his brother, who worked as his office manager, were sentenced in federal court today for a tax fraud conspiracy in which they attempted to avoid paying federal income taxes on nearly $1.6 million earned by the medical practice. Brian Keith Ellefsen, 47, and Mark Edward Ellefsen, 41, both of Carthage, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays. Brian Ellefsen was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay approximately $1.2 million in restitution. Mark Ellefsen was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution.
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July 30, 2010

Stockton woman sentenced for arson
SPRINGFIELD - A Stockton, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in an arson fire at a local business. Dina Larson, 39, of Stockton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Larson to pay $295,494 in restitution.
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Former Raymore home builder sentenced for $12.6 million mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY - The former owner of a residential construction business in Raymore, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a $12.6 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved 25 upscale residential properties in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Raymore. Jerry R. Emerick, 39, of Raymore, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Emerick to pay $5,289,819 in restitution.
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Former Nixa firefighter pleads guilty to receiving child porn;
Will plead guilty to state charges, spend 15 years in federal prison

SPRINGFIELD - A former Nixa, Mo., firefighter pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Michael Keith Benson, 41, of Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to an information that charges him with receiving child pornography. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Benson also agreed to plead guilty to state charges of child molestation, statutory sodomy and sexual exploitation of a minor child in the Circuit Court of Christian County, Mo.
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Blue Springs man sentenced to 15 years in prison for child exploitation
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for using a minor to produce child pornography. William M. Brown, 30, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
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July 29, 2010

KC man sentenced for bank robbery;
Thief accidentally discarded stolen money while fleeing from bank

KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing Central Bank in Kansas City, Mo. Clifton D. Taylor, 37, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith to eight years and nine months in federal prison without parole.
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Springfield, Nixa men indicted for trafficking counterfeit goods
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man and a Nixa, Mo., man have been indicted by a federal grand jury for trafficking in counterfeit goods after federal agents seized hundreds of pairs of counterfeit Nike shoes and other counterfeit apparel from them. Brent Darrell Luna, 25, of Nixa, and Lukas Antonio Rivas, 21, of Springfield, were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
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July 28, 2010

Former government contractor pleads guilty to mail fraud, money laundering;
Admits stealing $573,000 in computer equipment from USDA, selling stolen equipment over the Internet

KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to a mail fraud scheme that involved stealing approximately $573,000 worth of computer equipment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a contract employee, and selling it over the Internet for more than $166,000. Gragg R. Vaill, 48, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays to the charges contained in a Feb. 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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Two MU graduates plead guilty to college e-mail spam conspiracy, must forfeit over $400,000;
Millions of e-mail addresses illegally harvested from computers at hundreds of universities
KANSAS CITY - Two Missouri men and their company pleaded guilty in federal court today to their role in a nationwide e-mail spamming scheme that victimized more than 2,000 colleges and universities, including the University of Missouri. Amir Ahmad Shah, 29, of St. Louis, Mo., his brother, Osmaan Ahmad Shah, 26, of Columbia, Mo., their business, i2O, Inc., represented by company president Amir Shah, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charges contained in an April 23, 2009, federal indictment.
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July 27, 2010

Former Blue Springs man sentenced to 25 years for sex trafficking of child;
Child sold as sexual dominatrix for both online, in-person sessions

KANSAS CITY - A former Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the sex trafficking of a child. Todd B. Barkau, 38, of New York, formerly of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to 25 years in federal prison without parole. Following his prison term, Barkau will spend the rest of his life on supervised release. The court also ordered Barkau to pay $200,000 in restitution to the victim for future counseling costs.
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Two men charged in conspiracy togrow marijuana;
Thousands of plants found in Clinton, Buchanan counties

KANSAS CITY - Two men were charged in federal court today with participating in a conspiracy to grow thousands of marijuana plants following the execution of federal search warrants at several locations. Serafin Rodriguez Gonzalez, 24, address unknown, and Juan Francisco Garcia, 44, of Gower, Mo., were charged in a federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., with participating in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana.
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Parkville man pleads guilty to illegal gambling operation
KANSAS CITY - A Parkville, Mo., man, pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. James L. Dicapo, also known as “Jimmy,” 57, of Parkville, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen to the charge contained in a March 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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Olathe doctor pleads guilty to fraud, distributing prescription drugs, harassing state investigator
KANSAS CITY - An Olathe, Kan., physician pleaded guilty in federal court today to health care fraud, illegally distributing prescription drugs and harassing a state investigator. Wayne W. Williamson, 67, of Olathe, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to the charges contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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Springfield man sentenced for bank fraud conspiracy, counterfeiting;
Conspirators passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, including Greene County Sheriff's Dept.
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that involved false identification documents used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, including thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent checks drawn on a Greene County Sheriff’s Department bank account. John Dennis Sedersten, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Monday, July 26, 2010, to two years and eight months in federal prison without parole. (The federal sentence is in addition to 266 days served in Crawford County, Kan., on a related case.) The court also ordered Sedersten to pay $82,355 in restitution.
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July 26, 2010

Former Nixa employee sentenced for mail fraud, theft and money laundering;
Admits role in schemes totaling $756,000

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that involved false identification documents used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, including thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent checks drawn on a Greene County Sheriff’s Department bank account. John Dennis Sedersten, 34, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Monday, July 26, 2010, to two years and eight months in federal prison without parole. (The federal sentence is in addition to 266 days served in Crawford County, Kan., on a related case.) The court also ordered Sedersten to pay $82,355 in restitution.
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July 23, 2010

Five KC men indicted for meth conspiracy, armed home invasion
KANSAS CITY - Five Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, which involved a shooting during a home invasion. Steven M. Martin, 56, John O. Younce, 37, his brother, Timothy Younce (age unknown), Jason M. Keeton, 30, and Vernon Tennison, Jr., 27, all of Kansas City, were charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.
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Seven more defendants sentenced for mortgage fraud;
$12.6 million scheme involved new, upscale homes in Lee's Summit, Raymore
KANSAS CITY - Seven more defendants have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a $12.6 million mortgage fraud conspiracy that involved 25 upscale residential properties in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Raymore, Mo. Stefan M. Guerra, 31, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Jerome Shade Howard, 41, of Anaheim, Calif., Michael Conrad Smith, 49, of Lancaster, Calif., and Gerald D. Williams, 49, and his wife, Judith E. Williams, 49, both of Bunkie, La., were sentenced in separate hearings today by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan. James F. Simpson, 41, of Lee’s Summit, and Cheryl Ann Romero, 52, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., were sentenced on Thursday, July 22, 2010.
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July 22, 2010

Former KC man sentenced for identity theft, credit card fraud;
Restaurant waiter targeted customers on the Plaza
KANSAS CITY - A former Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for stealing identity information from customers at the Plaza restaurant where he worked, then using that information to make online purchases. John David Woody, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to three years in federal prison without parole.
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Project Safe Childhood
Independence man pleads guilty to distributing child porn
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing child pornography over the Internet. Stephen J. Matlick, 39, of Independence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charge contained in a Sept. 9, 2009, federal indictment.
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July 21, 2010

KC man, wounded in shooting, sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm after he was wounded in a shooting incident. Tramayne D. Keith, also known as “Tray,” 31, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Keith was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.
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KC man pleads guilty to making telephone threats to kidnap, injure others
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to threatening to kidnap and injure another person. Shane Foster, 29, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to the charge contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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Parkville man pleads guilty to trafficking over $400,000 in counterfeit goods, money laundering conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Parkville, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to traffic more than $400,000 worth of counterfeit designer purses, shoes and other items, and to a money-laundering conspiracy. James L. Dicapo, also known as “Jimmy,” 57, of Parkville, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen to a federal information that charges him with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods and to commit money laundering.
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July 16, 2010

Jury convicts Springfield man of drug trafficking;
'X family' leaders faces mandatory life in prison for recruiting women, teens
to sell drugs
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man has been convicted of participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. The defendant, who recruited young women and teenage girls as part of what he called the “X family,” faces a mandatory life sentence for distributing heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in the Springfield area. Claude X, 50, of Springfield, was found guilty on Thursday, July 15, 2010, of conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in Greene County, Mo., from Jan. 9, 2007, to Oct. 29, 2008. In addition to the conspiracy, X was convicted of nine counts related to distributing drugs and two counts related to illegally possessing a firearm.
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July 14, 2010

Wichita man indicted for $100,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips;
former KCMO resident passed chips at Argosy Riverside Casino
KANSAS CITY - A Wichita, Kan., man has been indicted on charges related to passing counterfeit casino chips at the Argosy Riverside Casino. Zhe Li, also known as “Kevin,” 37, of Wichita, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., a naturalized U.S. citizen from China, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on May 25, 2010.
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Project Safe Childhood
Blue Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Michael Sottilare, 43, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to the charge contained in a June 2, 2009, federal indictment.
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Licking man indicted for arson, illegal firearm
JEFFERSON CITY - A Licking, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for arson and for illegally possessing a firearm. Steven Oakley Price, 40, of Licking, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo.
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July 13, 2010

New Jersey man pleads guilty to e-mail spam conspiracy;
Millions of e-mail addresses illegally harvested from computer at hundreds of universities
KANSAS CITY - A New Jersey man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a nationwide e-mail spamming case that victimized students at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States, including the University of Missouri. Paul Zucker, 57, of Wayne, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to the charge contained in an April 23, 2009, federal indictment.
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Project Safe Childhood
Former Whiteman air traffic controller sentenced for attempting to distribute child porn
KANSAS CITY - A former air traffic controller at Whiteman Air Force Base was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet. Michael A. Worrick, 27, who was a serviceman at Whiteman Air Force Base at the time of the offense, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to seven years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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July 12, 2010

Overland Park man sentenced for fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY - An Overland Park, Kan., man has been sentenced in federal court for actions taken as part of a bank fraud scheme that forced several low-income homeowners into bankruptcy by saddling them with more debt than they were able to repay. Harris Poulikidis, 62, of Overland Park, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Friday, July 9, 2010, to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Poulikidis to pay $62,100 in restitution to individual homeowners who were defrauded in the home improvement refinancing scheme, as well as $58,252 in restitution to financial institutions that made loans on behalf of the victims.
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July 9, 2010

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announced a series of indictments in a nationwide, multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

Black Market Travel Agents
38 defendants indicted in multi-million dollar fraud;
Local investigation exposes nationwide network that used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets
KANSAS CITY - Thirty-eight defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. “What began as a local law enforcement investigation ultimately exposed an extensive nationwide black market for airline tickets,” U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said. “Six federal indictments allege that 38 defendants used stolen credit and debit card information from thousands of identity theft victims to purchase tickets, which they sold to their customers at a steep discount,” Phillips added. “These separate criminal conspiracies resulted in an estimated total loss of more than $20 million to numerous domestic airline companies, financial institutions, other merchants and cardholders.”
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List of indictments & defendants
Beecham, et al Indictment
Burks, et al Indictment
Clay Indictment
Harrison, et al Indictment
Palmer, et al Indictment
Pryor, et al Indictment

July 8, 2010

Indpendence man charged with illegal firearm;
Leads police on high-speed chase, crashing and burning vehicle with three children
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm. He was arrested following a high-speed police pursuit in which his vehicle overturned, catching fire, with three small children in the back seat. Earl C. Watson, 26, of Independence, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Watson remains in federal custody pending his initial court appearance and detention hearing.
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July 7, 2010

Former congressman pleads guilty to obstructing justice, acting as unregistered foreign agent;
IARA fundraiser also pleads guilty to conspiring with former congressman, others
KANSAS CITY - A former congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations pleaded guilty in federal court today to obstruction of justice and to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, related to his work for an Islamic charity with ties to international terrorism. Mark Deli Siljander, 59, of Great Falls, Va., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to one charge contained in an Oct. 21, 2008, federal indictment, and an additional charge filed today, involving his work for the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) of Columbia, Mo. Siljander was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan and was a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations General Assembly. Co-defendant Abdel Azim El-Siddig, of Chicago, Ill., a former IARA fundraiser, also pleaded guilty today to conspiring with Siljander and others to hire Siljander to lobby for IARA’s removal from a Senate Finance Committee list of charities suspected of having terrorist ties, while concealing this advocacy and not registering with the proper authorities.
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July 6, 2010

KC man sentenced for receiving child porn over the Internet
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Travis S. Cook, 37, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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July 1, 2010

Hollister woman sentenced for meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Hollister, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robin Gayle East, 49, of Hollister, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to six years in federal prison without parole.
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June 30, 2010

Jury convicts Texas physician, businessman of conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs; Nearly $1 million in prescription drugs distributed via Belton pharmacy
KANSAS CITY - Two Texas men – a physician and a business owner – were convicted by a federal jury today of participating in a conspiracy that used a Belton, Mo., pharmacy to illegally distribute nearly $1 million in prescription drugs, including more than 2 million dosage units of hydrocodone.

Christopher L. Elder, M.D., 38, and Troy R. Solomon, 47, both of Houston, Texas, were found guilty of all the charges contained in a Feb. 6, 2008, federal indictment. Elder and Solomon were each found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances from August 2004 through October 2005. In addition to the conspiracy, Elder was also found guilty of eight counts of distributing controlled substances and Solomon was also found guilty of 10 counts of distributing controlled substances and one count of participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.
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Apartment manager sentenced for making false statements to HUD; Traded Section 8 housing for sexual favors
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., apartment complex was sentenced in federal court today for making false statements to the government about the incomes of Section 8 tenants in exchange for sexual favors. Meredith F. Sullivan, 55, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to 16 months followed by two years supervised release. The court also ordered Sullivan to pay $34,444 in restitution.
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June 29, 2010

Two Kansas City developers indicted for improper handling of asbestos; Asbestos materials improperly removed from Citadel Plaza Redevelopment site in midtown
KANSAS CITY - Two Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted today by a federal grand jury for improperly removing and disposing of asbestos-containing materials in connection with work at The Citadel Plaza Redevelopment Site.

William M. Threatt, Jr., 69, and Anthony Crompton, 40, of Kansas City, Mo., were indicted on two counts each for violations of the criminal provisions of the Clean Air Act. Threatt was the president and owner operator of The Citadel Plaza Redevelopment Site, and Crompton was an operator for the site and a real estate director for Community Development Corporation of Kansas City. According to the indictment, the men directed the workers who performed demolition work on the site. The Citadel Plaza Redevelopment is located in midtown Kansas City, Mo. and is bounded by 60th Street on the north, 63rd Street on the south, Prospect Avenue on the east, and Brooklyn Avenue on the west.
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Houston woman sentenced for embezzling from her father's business
SPRINGFIELD - A Houston, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for a mail fraud scheme in which she embezzled from her father’s business bank accounts. Shirley Ann Scheets, 50, of Houston, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 18 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. The court also ordered Scheets to pay $124,795.95 in restitution.
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June 25, 2010

IARA director pleads guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against Iraq;
Columbia man misused local charity to send over $1 million to Iraq
KANSAS CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiring to illegally transfer more than $1 million to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions, and to obstructing the administration of the laws governing tax-exempt charities. Mubarak Hamed, 53, of Columbia, a naturalized United States citizen originally from Sudan, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to three charges contained in a Jan. 16, 2008, federal indictment.
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June 24, 2010

Clinton man pleads guilty to fraud scheme;
At least 23 stores sustained $242,000 in losses due to fraudulent purchases
KANSAS CITY - A Clinton, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to a fraud scheme that victimized at least 23 stores in a three-state area, resulting in more than $242,000 in losses. Jason M. Hendricks, 34, of Clinton, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to a federal information that charges him with executing a scheme to defraud Nebraska Furniture Mart.
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U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announces the indictment against Hereford House owner Rodney J. Anderson. Photographs of individuals taken from video surveillance cameras have been released, and the public’s assistance is being sought to identify the individuals in the photographs. A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the additional co-conspirators.

June 22, 2010

Hereford House owner indicted for arson, mail frud conspiracy;
Charged with hiring others to set fire at landmark restaurant; resulted in $2.5 million insurance claim
KANSAS CITY - An owner of the Hereford House restaurant was indicted by a federal grand jury today for his role in an arson and mail fraud conspiracy that destroyed the landmark downtown Kansas City restaurant on Oct. 20, 2008. Rodney J. Anderson, 57, of Kansas City, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Anderson is a co-owner of B & C Restaurant Corporation, a holding company that owned the Hereford House restaurant business.
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Federal Indictment

Republic man indicted for gambling conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Republic, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for his role in a conspiracy to conduct an illegal gambling business. Donald E. Bishop, 34, of Republic, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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June 16, 2010

Columbia man sentenced for armed bank robberies;
Series of armed robberies culminated in shoot-out with officers
KANSAS CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a series of armed bank robberies that culminated in a vehicle pursuit and shoot-out with law enforcement officers. Michael A. Leak, 19, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright to 15 years and one month in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Leak to pay $42,322 in restitution.
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June 15, 2010

Jury convicts Carrollton man of illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Carrollton, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm. Michael C. Moylan, 29, of Carrollton, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Moylan was in possession of a Hi-Point 9mm rifle on Dec. 21, 2009.
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KC man indicted for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges related to Internet child pornography. Michael James Sheets, 44, of Kansas City, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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June 14, 2010

Callaway County man sentenced for meth
JEFFERSON CITY - An Auxvasse, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Rodney Lynn Moore, 46, of Auxvasse, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Friday, June 11, 2010, to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole.
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June 10, 2010

Columbia man sentenced for child porn
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing child pornography over the Internet. James Lee Melvin, 58, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to five years in federal prison without parole.
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Jury convicts Republic man for illegally possessing ammunition
SPRINGFIELD - A Republic, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today for illegally possessing ammunition. James Hopkins, 44, of Republic, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
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Twenty-three defendants indicted for cocaine, crack cocaine conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Twenty-three defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
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June 9, 2010

Fulton man indicted for bank robberies
JEFFERSON CITY - A Fulton, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for two bank robberies and an attempted bank robbery. John David Farnell, 58, of Fulton, was charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo.
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June 8, 2010

Lee's Summit man pleads guilty to possessing child porn;
Wife discovered thousands of images of child porn on computer
KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography. Michael E. Hahn, 39, of Lee’s Summit, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to a federal information that charges him with possessing child pornography.
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June 7, 2010

80-year-old KC man pleads guilty to bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing UMB Bank. Augusta Cannon, 80, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to the charge contained in a Jan. 26, 2010, federal indictment.
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Russellville man sentenced for possessing stolen firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - A Russellville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing stolen firearms. Dale Scott Olten, Jr., 21, of Russellville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to three years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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June 3, 2010

Diamond man pleads guilty to four armed bank robberies in Missouri and Kansas
SPRINGFIELD - A Diamond, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to four bank robberies that occurred in Missouri and Kansas. Richard Allan Bratt, 58, of Diamond, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to an information that charges him with three bank robberies in Missouri. Bratt also pleaded guilty to a fourth bank robbery, which is charged in an indictment from the District of Kansas.
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June 2, 2010

Blue Springs man sentenced for possessing child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing child pornography. David Anthony Dunn, 21, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to six years in federal prison without parole.
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June 1, 2010

Former Nixa official pleads guilty to $756,000 fraud, money laundering conspiracies
SPRINGFIELD - The former street superintendent for the city of Nixa, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to fraud and money laundering conspiracies, mail fraud and theft in relation to a scheme to defraud the city of more than $756,000. Larry W. Covington, 50, of Ash Grove, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to the charges contained in a May 15, 2009, federal indictment.
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Springfield man sentenced for bank fraud, tax fraud schemes;
Conspirators passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today in two separate cases that charge him in a bank fraud conspiracy and a tax fraud scheme. He used false identification documents to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks in the bank fraud conspiracy, and helped file fraudulent tax returns in order to receive tax refunds to which he and others were not entitled. Max R. Snodgrass, 32, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to four years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Snodgrass to pay $91,416 in restitution.
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Platte City man sentenced for receiving child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Platte City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Samuel T. Smith, 44, of Platte City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to five years in federal prison without parole.
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May 28, 2010

Texas man charged with Springfield bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Big Springs, Texas, man was charged in federal court today with robbing People’s Bank in Springfield, Mo. Clark Wayne Kirkman, 67, of Big Springs, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
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May 26, 2010

Branson man sentenced to 46 years in prison for producing, distributing child porn;
Admitted using an infant to produce child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Branson, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for using an infant to produce child pornography and for distributing child pornography over the Internet. Ronald Darling, 45, of Branson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to 46 years and five months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Darling to serve a term of 15 years of supervised release following his prison term. Darling’s federal sentence will be served concurrently with a 20-year state sentence for three counts of statutory sodomy.
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Seneca man sentenced for bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Seneca, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for robbing a Conway, Mo., bank. Billy Johnson, 30, of Seneca, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to five years and three months in federal prison without parole.n indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
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May 26, 2010

Los Angeles man indicted for possessing more than 1,000 pound of marijuana for distribution
KANSAS CITY - A Los Angeles, Calif., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute after state troopers seized more than 500 kilograms of marijuana in a highway interdiction near Kearney, Mo. Alfonso Rivera-Perez, 55, of Los Angeles, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
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Nebraska man sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery at St. Joseph bank
KANSAS CITY - An Omaha, Neb., man has been sentenced in federal court for the armed robbery of U.S. Bank in St. Joseph, Mo. Russel Lee Singletary, 67, of Omaha, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Singletary was sentenced to 17 years for the St. Joseph bank robbery. In addition, his supervised release was revoked in a prior bank robbery case in Iowa, and he was sentenced to a consecutive three-year prison term in that case.
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May 24, 2010

Former mortgage broker, California woman plead guilty to mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY - Two more defendants have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to mortgage fraud schemes, including a $12.6 million conspiracy that involved 25 upscale residential properties in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Raymore, Mo., and a property-flipping scheme in Kansas City, Mo. Cynthia D. Jordan, 43, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs on Friday, May 21, 2010, to mail fraud and wire fraud. Jordan, who was a mortgage loan broker for various mortgage brokers in the Kansas City area, admitted that she participated in a property flipping scheme. Anahit Nshanian, 30, of Long Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer on Thursday, May 20, 2010, to her role in the $12.6 million conspiracy.
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May 21, 2010

Project Safe Childhood
Sex offender sentenced to 30 years for child porn
SPRINGFIELD - An Everton, Mo., man with prior sex convictions has been sentenced for possessing, distributing and receiving child pornography over the Internet. Robert Hoffman, 65, of Everton, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, May 17, 2010, to 30 years in federal prison without parole.
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May 20, 2010

McDonald County man sentenced for illegally possessing firearms, explosives
SPRINGFIELD - A McDonald County, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms and explosives at his 200-acre property in southern Missouri. Robert Neil Joos, 56, of McDonald County, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, to six years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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May 19, 2010

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announced at a Kansas City, Mo., press conference
that Khalid Ouazzani pleaded guilty to providing material support to Al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida supporter pleads guilty to supporting terrorist organization;
KC man also admits to bank fraud, overseas money laundering
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization Al-Qaida. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to a federal information that charges him with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Ouazzani also pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Feb. 3, 2010.
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Court Documents Related To This Case:
Ouazzani Indictment
Ouazzani Information
Ouazzani Plea Agreement

May 18, 2010

Former mortgage brokers sentenced for $1.2 million mortgage fraud scheme
SPRINGFIELD - Three former mortgage brokers were among five co-defendants sentenced in federal court for their roles in a $1.2 million mortgage fraud scheme. Charles M. Davis, 35, of Rogersville, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, May 17, 2010, to four years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Davis to pay $1,271,590 in restitution. Scott Allen Kassebaum, 42, of Ozark, Mo., was sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $209,100 in restitution; his wife, Cheryl Joan Kassebaum, 43, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $497,200 in restitution. Steven Ray Spencer, 49, of Carl Junction, Mo., was sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $436,556 in restitution. Shanda Lynn Moore, 45, of Springfield, Mo., was sentenced to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement and a $3,000 fine and restitution of $262,755.
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May 17, 2010

Former Lee's Summit real estate agent pleads guilty to mortgage fraud conspiracy, money laundering
$12.6 million scheme invovled new, upscale homes in Lee's Summit, Raymore
KANSAS CITY - A former Lee’s Summit, Mo., real estate agent pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in a $12.6 million mortgage fraud conspiracy that involved 25 upscale residential properties in Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Raymore, Mo. Angela R. Clark, 41, of Lee’s Summit, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this afternoon to the charges contained in an Oct. 29, 2008, federal indictment.
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Two motorcycle club members sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Two members of a local motorcycle club were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Eric G. Burkitt, also known as “Little Eric,” 25, and Robert E. Stewart, 53, both of Kansas City, Mo., were each sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to five years in federal prison without parole.
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KC man pleads guilty to firearms trafficking
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally trafficking firearms, including several firearms that have been recovered in separate criminal investigations. Montell F. Ross, 27, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in a Dec. 2, 2009, federal indictment.
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May 14, 2010

Springfield man sentenced for bank fraud conspiracy, identity theft, passing counterfeit $100 bills
Passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, $13,300 in counterfeit currency
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today in two separate cases that charge him with an identity theft and check-counterfeiting conspiracy and with passing counterfeit $100 bills in Springfield. The bank fraud scheme involved false identification documents that were used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks. The counterfeiting scheme involved $13,300 in counterfeit $100 bills. Bryan Thomas Ray, 33, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to four years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Ray to pay $82,955 in restitution.
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May 12, 2010

Professional counselor indicted for $1.5 million conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs at Carthage clinic
SPRINGFIELD - A licensed professional counselor at a Carthage, Mo., clinic was indicted by a federal grand jury today for her role in conspiracies to illegally distribute more than $1.5 million in prescription drugs and to engage in money laundering. Tammy L. Neil, 40, of Carthage, was charged in a 24-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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Project Safe Childhood
Cabool man pleads guilty to distributing, possessing child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Cabool, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing and possessing child pornography. Charles “Chuck” R. Denning, 49, of Cabool, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to two counts of distributing child pornography and to one count of possessing child pornography. Those charges were contained in a June 23, 2009, federal indictment.
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Human Trafficking Rescue Project
KC man pleads guilty to trafficking women into forced prostitution
KANSAS CITY- A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to commercial sex trafficking. Michael L. Buck, 37, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to trafficking women into involuntary servitude and coerced commercial sex.
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Project Safe Childhood
Humansville man indicted for child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Humansville, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for receiving and distributing child pornography over the Internet. Jerry Earl Troupe, Jr., 51, of Humansville, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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Project Safe Childhood
College student indicted for attempting to produce child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Joplin, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for sexually exploiting three minors in an attempt to produce child pornography. Harry Sneed, 19, of St. Louis, Mo., a student at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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Sparta man indicted for bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Sparta, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing Great Southern Bank in Nixa, Mo. Joshua T. Caprarella, 28, of Sparta, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.
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May 10, 2010

Operation Guardian Angel
Overland Park man sentenced for sex trafficking of a child
KANSAS CITY - An Overland Park, Kan., man was sentenced in federal court today for the attempted commercial sex trafficking of a child. Steven E. Mikoloyck, 48, of Overland Park, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole and a $5,000 fine.
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Greene County man pleads guilty to bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Greene County, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing Empire Bank in Springfield, Mo. Curtis L. Ralls, 44, of Greene County, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the charge contained in an April 7, 2010, federal indictment.
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May 7, 2010

Blue Springs man indicted for arson
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the arson of a Blue Springs business. Joseph R. Young, 23, of Blue Springs, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
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St. Joseph man indicted for bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for robbing the First Bank of Missouri in St. Joseph. Anthony M. Roberts, 34, of St. Joseph, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.
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Credit union manager pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $400,000
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling nearly $400,000 from the credit union where she was employed as a branch manager. Joyce Buchanan, 55, of Kansas City, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to a two-count information that charges her with theft from a credit institution and with bank fraud.
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May 6, 2010

Ash Grove woman pleads guilty to money laundering related to city of Nixa theft;
Bought, sold Labrador retrievers with proceeds of fraud
SPRINGFIELD - An Ash Grove, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to money laundering in relation to a scheme to defraud the city of Nixa of $482,365. Paula K. Covington, 53, of Ash Grove, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to a superseding information that charges her with money laundering.
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Project Safe Childhood
Prior sex offender sentenced to 20 years for receiving, possessing child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Branson, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing and receiving child pornography over the Internet. Michael D. McCullough, 42, of Branson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 20 years in federal prison without parole. McCullough, who was convicted of attempted aggravated incest in Shawnee County, Kan., in 1994, was sentenced as a prior sex offender.
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California man pleads guilty to $225,000 scheme to defraud the federal government
KANSAS CITY - A California man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to defraud the federal government of more than $225,000. Michael Morand, 50, of California, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims.
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Project Ceasefire
Thirteen men indicted for illegally possessing firearms
KANSAS CITY - Thirteen men were indicted by a federal grand jury this week, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms.
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May 5, 2010

KC man indicted for fraud scheme;
Charged with creating false obligations, mail fraud
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for creating false obligations and for mail fraud as part of a fraud scheme. Denny Ray Hardin, 51, of Kansas City, was charged in a 21-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Human Trafficking Rescue Project
Former Blue Springs woman sentenced to 15 years for sex trafficking of daughter;
Child sold as sexual dominatrix for both online, in-person sessions
KANSAS CITY - A former Blue Springs, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for the sex trafficking of her daughter. When this case was originally charged in May 2008, it was the first time nationwide that the parent of a victim has been charged with commercial sex trafficking of her own child under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The 46-year-old woman, previously of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court ordered her to pay $200,000 in restitution to the victim for medical services relating to current and future physical, psychiatric, or psychological care. The defendant is not being identified in this release in order to protect the victim’s identity.
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Jury convicts Pleasant Hope man of possessing child pornography
SPRINGFIELD - A Pleasant Hope, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of possessing child pornography. Phillip M. Brumfield, 59, of Pleasant Hope, was found guilty of being in possession of child pornography. Brumfield must also forfeit to the government four computers and a VHS camcorder that were used to commit the offense.
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Operation Family Tree
Eight co-defendants sentenced in $6 million meth conspiracy;
Mother, three daughters among 19 who pleaded guilty
SPRINGFIELD - Eight southern Missouri residents – including a Flemington, Mo., woman whose three daughters are also co-defendants – have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. These convictions resulted from Operation Family Tree, a multi-agency investigation into shipments of large quantities of methamphetamine from Arizona for distribution in Greene County, Mo. Lori G. Weese, 49, of Flemington, her daughter, Sarah A. Weese, 25, of Nixa, Mo., Richard A. Lester, 31, of Republic, Mo., Aaron M. Garger, 45, of Buffalo, Mo., Eileen M. Garger, 37, of Springfield, Mo., and Michael A. Trujillo, 30, of Flemington, Mo., were sentenced in separate appearances today before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Toreiko S. Miller, 36, of Springfield, and Fernando Nunez, also known as “Playboy,” 25, of Glendale, Ariz., were sentenced on Monday, May 3, 2010.
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May 4, 2010

Mexican national indicted for meth, illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and for illegally possessing a firearm. Rodrigo Santacruz-Felix, 36, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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KC man indicted for armed bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for robbing Commerce Bank at gunpoint. Derrick T. Hubbard, 20, of Kansas City, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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KC man sentenced for drug trafficking
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Kalib J. Delvalle, 25, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 12 years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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May 3, 2010

Millersburg man sentenced for $3 million investment fraud conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A Millersburg, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a $3 million investment fraud conspiracy. William Colwell McNeely, 78, of Millersburg, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered McNeely to pay $2.4 million in restitution.
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April 29, 2010

Two Columbia men sentenced for drug-trafficking conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Columbia, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a drug–trafficking conspiracy. Arthur Lee Rainey, Jr., 25, and Thomas Cortez Stevens, 25, both of Columbia, were each sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole in separate appearances this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey. The court also ordered Rainey and Stevens to forfeit to the government $33,732 that was seized by law enforcement officers at the time of their arrest.
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Sunrise Beach woman sentenced for distributing meth
JEFFERSON CITY - A Sunrise Beach, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for distributing methamphetamine in Camden County, Mo. Rhonda Sue Ammerman, 41, of Sunrise Beach, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to seven years and three months in federal prison without parole.
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April 28, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to leading $3.5 million illegal gambling operation
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man, pleaded guilty in federal court today to leading an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Gerlarmo Cammisano, also known as “Jerry,” 56, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen this morning to the charge contained in a March 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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April 23, 2010

Former Vatterott director sentenced for financial aid fraud;
KC school received $362,000 in federal aid for ineligible students
KANSAS CITY - The former director of the Kansas City, Mo., campus of Vatterott College was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain nearly $362,000 in federal financial aid for ineligible students by providing false general equivalency diplomas (GEDs) and falsifying financial aid forms. Kevin Earl Woods, 47, of Louisville, Ky., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Woods to pay $361,964 in restitution.
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Louisiana man sentenced to 14 years for transporting 15-year-old girl for illicit sex
SPRINGFIELD - A Violet, La., man has been sentenced in federal court for transporting a minor across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity. Neil Scott Kramer, 40, of Violet, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 14 years in federal prison without parole. Kramer pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, 2009.
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April 22, 2010

Two Eastern Jackson County men plead guilty to $23 million mortgage fraud;
Scheme involved hundreds of properties
KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man and a Grain Valley, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges related to a $23 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved 350 properties. Nathan N. Anderson, 34, of Grain Valley, and Kyle J. Wine, 29, of Lee’s Summit, each waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to a two-count federal information that charges both men with participating in a conspiracy to transport money obtained by fraud across state lines and with money laundering.
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April 21, 2010

KC man sentenced to 10 years for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Joshua E. Holmes, 31, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole, which is the statutory maximum penalty.
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Fulton man pleads guilty to armed bank robberies, faces 30 years in federal prison;
Series of armed robberies culminated in shoot-out with officers
KANSAS CITY - A Fulton, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a series of armed bank robberies that culminated in a vehicle pursuit and shoot-out with law enforcement officers. William AlanWolfe, 29, of Fulton, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to two counts of armed robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Wolfe would be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison without parole.
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KC man sentenced to 15 years for meth, illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessing a firearm. Thomas G. Hedges, 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
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April 20, 2010

Credit union manager pleads guilty to embezzlement
JEFFERSON CITY - A Sedalia, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing $35,000 from customers’ accounts at the credit union where she was employed. Sandra Ann Jeffers, 49, of Sedalia, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to a federal information that charges her with embezzlement by a credit union employee.
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La Plata man pleads guilty to receiving, possessing child porn;
Faces at least 15 years in prison
KANSAS CITY - A La Plata, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing and receiving child pornography over the Internet. Jeffrey Michael Powell, 31, of La Plata, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to the charges contained in a Sept. 9, 2008, federal indictment.
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Arizona man sentenced for 90 kilograms of cocaine; wholesale value about $2 million
SPRINGFIELD - A Yuma, Ariz., man was sentenced in federal court today for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine after officers found 90 kilograms of cocaine hidden in his trailer during an inspection stop on Interstate 44 in Greene County, Mo. Carlos R. Delgado, Jr., 50, a citizen of Mexico residing in Yuma, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to seven years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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April 19, 2010

Seven Sedalia residents indicted for conspiracy to possess meth ingredient
JEFFERSON CITY - Seven Sedalia, Mo., residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to possess pseudoephedrine, which was used to manufacture methamphetamine. William Gene Salmons, Jr., 42, Roger Wayne Lindsey, 46, Holly Nicole Fisher, 22, Jonathan David Buri, 25, Carla Jane Limback, 42, Sharon Marie Crain, 44, and Jessica Kay Salmons, 21, were charged in a 59-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on April 15, 2010.
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West Plains woman pleads guilty to stealing $742,000 from employer, false tax return
SPRINGFIELD - A West Plains, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a scheme to embezzle more than $742,000 from her former employer. Mary Elizabeth Hurtt, 58, of West Plains, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to uttering a forged security and filing a false tax return.
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Co-owner of Guaranty Title pleads guilty to $2.7 million fraud
SPRINGFIELD - The co-owner of Guaranty Title, formerly headquartered in Nixa, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in $2.7 million wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Kathy Cyrena Allen, also known as Kathy Stanton, 52, of Sarcoxie, Mo., pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
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April 16, 2010

Stover mayor, city official indicted
Mayor charged with covering up false drinking water samples
JEFFERSON CITY - The mayor and public works superintendent in Stover, Mo., have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to violating the Safe Drinking Water Act. Richard R. Sparks, 53, and Scott Allen Beckmann, 40, both of Stover, were charged in a 30-count indictment returned under seal on Thursday, April 15, 2010, by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. That indictment was unsealed and made public today.
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KC man sentenced for filing false tax return
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for filing a false tax return. William E. Schroff, 72, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Schroff to pay $48,060 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
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Former college professor pleads guilty to child pornography, illegal firearms
SPRINGFIELD - A Nevada, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography and to illegally possessing several firearms. Thomas E. Ruley, 59, of Nevada, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charges contained in a March 31, 2009, federal indictment. Ruley was a professor at Cottey College, an all-women’s school in Nevada, at the time of the offense.
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April 15, 2010

Mexican national sentenced for illegally reentering U.S.
KANSAS CITY - A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally reentering the United States after having been deported. Imelda Melissa Cantu-Barraza, 35, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to four years and nine months in federal prison without parole.
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Blue Springs man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms. Wesley T. Frasher, 40, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Frasher was sentenced as a career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.
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April 14, 2010

Sedalia man pleads guilty to tax evasion
KANSAS CITY - A Sedalia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to tax evasion. Rickie Lee Keele, 53, of Sedalia, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with five counts of tax evasion.
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Columbia car dealer sentenced for $1.7 million bank fraud
JEFFERSON CITY - The former owner of a car dealership in Columbia, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for a $1.7 million bank fraud scheme. Gregg Dean Woods, 49, of Columbia, was sentenced in federal court today to two years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Woods to pay $1,340,631 in restitution.
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KC man sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs, CDs
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for trafficking in thousands of counterfeit DVDs and CDs. Reginald R. Collier, 26, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Collier to pay $41,361 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., and the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. Collier was also ordered to forfeit to the government a laptop computer, three DVD burners, a CD recorder and other equipment used to commit the offense, as well as the counterfeit DVDs and CDs.
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April 13, 2010

Five Columbia men sentenced for drive-by shooting, drug trafficking, illegal firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - Five Columbia, Mo., men have been sentenced for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking and firearms in association with the Cut Throats gang. William Ricky Boyd, 22, Robert Darnell Simmons, 37, Dametrell Koda Washington, 28, and Tarron Montez Cason, 27, all of Columbia, were sentenced in separate hearings today before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey. Dajuan Anthony Harris, 26, of Columbia, was sentenced on Monday, April 12, 2010. Boyd was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Simmons was sentenced to seven years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Washington was sentenced to six years and three months in federal prison without parole. Cason was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole. Harris was sentenced to nine years and two months in federal prison without parole.
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Three Webb City men indicted for meth conspiracy; imported ingredient from Thailand
SPRINGFIELD - Three Webb City, Mo., men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine that involved importing a key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, from Thailand. Gary Dishong, 49, Michael W. Wright, 51, and Marcus A. Herrell, 35, all of Webb City, were charged in a 15-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.
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Owner of Guaranty Title pleads guity to$2.7 million wire fraud conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - The owner of Guaranty Title, formerly headquartered in Nixa, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a $2.7 million wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering. Richard G. “Rick” Burton, 59, of Nixa, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
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Blue Springs man sentenced for $1 million stolen vehicle, chop shop conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to steal a number of vehicles, which were disassembled at several chop shops and the parts sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Harley Harvey, 42, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner on Monday, April 12, 2010, to three years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Harvey to pay $25,003 in restitution.
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April 12, 2010

Sturgeon woman sentenced for identity theft, credit card fraud of former employer
KANSAS CITY - A Sturgeon, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme in which she targeted her former employer. Jennifer Lynette Furlong, 39, of Sturgeon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to three years and two months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Furlong to pay $42,368 in restitution.
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April 9, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to bank robberies;
Robbed the same bank twice, in the same month
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to robbing the same bank twice in the same month. Isaac O. Okesanya, 21, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to two counts of bank robbery.
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Business owner indicted for false tax returns
KANSAS CITY - A Mexican national, who operated a roofing business in the Kansas City, Mo., area, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false tax returns. Inocente Ramirez, 38, a citizen of Mexico who is also a citizen of the United States, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.
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Cut Throats Gang:
Columbia man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drive-by shooting;
Among six more defendants sentenced for drug trafficking illegal firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - Six more defendants have been sentenced in federal court for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking and firearms in association with the Cut Throats gang. Brandon James Isom, 20, of Columbia, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 20 years and two months in federal prison without parole. Robert Lee Jones, 20, of Kansas City, Mo., Michael Lee Stapleton, 24, of Fayette, Mo., and Donna C. Coats, 40, Diondre Jamel Cooper, 21, and Ryan Montez Kee, 23, all of Columbia, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Jones was sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison without parole. Stapleton was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. Coats was sentenced to eight years in federal prison without parole. Cooper was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole. Kee was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison without parole.
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Former Jackson County deputy sentenced to 14 years for civil rights violation;
Sexually abused teen girl while she was detained
KANSAS CITY - A former Jackson County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy was sentenced in federal court today for violating the civil rights of a teenage girl whom he sexually assaulted in his patrol car. Steven W. Burgess, 36, of Independence, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 14 years in federal prison without parole.
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April 8, 2010

Cut Throats Gang:
Four Columbia men sentenced for drug trafficing, illegal firearms
JEFFERSON CITY - Four Columbia, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for their involvement in illegal drug trafficking and firearms in association with the Cut Throats gang. Koda Alshawn Coats, 23, his brother, Eric Sherron Coats, 22, Demarco Laron Burnett, 25, and Cheviss Caron Denny, 22, all of Columbia, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning. Koda Coats was sentenced to 18 years and four months in federal prison without parole. Eric Coats was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Burnett and Denny were each sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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KC man indicted for drugging children, producing child porn;
Superseding indictment adds charges related to 13 victims
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for using 13 child victims to produce child pornography and for drugging some of the victims with sleeping pills. James Phillip “Phil” Edwards, 60, of Kansas City, was charged in a 21-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. The superseding indictment replaces an Oct. 21, 2009, federal indictment. Edwards remains in federal custody.
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Olathe doctor indicted for fraud, distributing prescription drugs
KANSAS CITY - An Olathe, Kan., physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury for health care fraud and for distributing prescription drugs. Wayne W. Williamson, 67, of Olathe, was charged in a 199-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. The superseding indictment replaces a three-count federal indictment returned on Oct. 20, 2009, and contains three new counts of witness tampering.
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Water district clerk indicted for $75,000 fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY - The former clerk of two Bates County, Mo., public water districts has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a $75,000 mail fraud scheme. Valerie Jill Berry, 35, of Butler, Mo., was charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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April 7, 2010

KC man charged with placing hoax bomb at federal courthouse
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with placing a hoax bomb at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse and making a false bomb threat over the telephone. Manuel Garcia, 66, whose last known address was in Kansas City but is now believed to be homeless, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo. Garcia was arrested today and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing.
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Independence man sentenced to 30 years for child porn;
sexually abused two minor victims
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today on charges related to possessing and distributing child pornography. Gordon P. Grant, 43, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 30 years in federal prison without parole, which is the maximum recommended sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines. The court also ordered Grant to pay $19,497 in restitution. Following his incarceration, Grant must also serve a term of 20 years on supervised release.
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April 6, 2010

Former Columbia man pleads guilty to violating federal sanctions against Iraq;
Former IARA officer admits organization transferred money to Iraq
KANSAS CITY - A former Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to illegally transfer funds to Iraq in violation of federal sanctions. Ali Mohamed Bagegni, 56, a native of Libya who is a naturalized United States citizen and former resident of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to the charge contained in a Jan. 16, 2008, federal indictment.
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St. Joseph man sentenced for distributing child porn over the Internet
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing child pornography over the Internet. Daren L. Holcomb, 48, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to five years in federal prison without parole.
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April 2, 2010

Three men sentenced for dog fighting;
Hundreds of dogs seized inmulti-state investigation
KANSAS CITY - Three more defendants were sentenced in federal court today for promoting or participating in dog fights. Cris E. Bottcher, 49, of Gilman City, Mo., Kevin P. Tasler, 52, of Jefferson, Iowa, and Ryan J. Tasler, 43, of Woodward, Iowa, were sentenced in separate hearings before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith. Bottcher was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison without parole. Kevin Tasler was sentenced to three years of probation, including six months of home detention and 100 hours of community service. Ryan Tasler was sentenced to two years of probation, including 50 hours of community service.
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April 1, 2010

Polo man pleads guilty to using a child to produce child pornography;
Faces at least 15 years in prison for thousands of images, videos of child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Polo, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to using a child to produce child pornography and to receiving and possessing child pornography. Terry R. Ingerson, 45, of Polo, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to the charges contained in a May 20, 2009, federal indictment.
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March 31, 2010

Branson husband, wife plead guilty to tax fraud at Branson business, filing false tax returns
SPRINGFIELD - A Branson, Mo., husband and wife pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges related to corporate tax fraud and filing false tax returns. Carl Roger Davis, 74, and his wife, Jo Elaine Davis, 60, both of Branson, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to the charges contained in an April 4, 2008, federal indictment.
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Former school board member, city employee pleads guilty to child porn
KANSAS CITY - A former member of the Hickman Mills school board and former employee of the Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography. David R. Buie, 55, of Kansas City, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to a federal information that charges him with possessing child pornography.
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March 30, 2010

Smithville man sentenced for $3 million in fraudulent tax refunds
KANSAS CITY - A Smithville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for filing false tax returns that resulted in nearly $3 million in refunds that he was not entitled to receive. Gary R. Doss, 53, of Smithville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to three years and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Doss to pay $1,906,090 in restitution to the government.
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Jury convicts KC man of illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of illegally possessing a firearm. Christopher Scroggins, 30, of Kansas City, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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March 26, 2010

Eldon man sentenced in dog-fighting conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - An Eldon, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a dog-fighting conspiracy and selling dogs for fighting purposes. Jack Ruppel, 36, of Eldon, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 16 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Ruppel to forfeit to the government all of the animals, money, weapons, animal fighting paraphernalia, property and assets seized by law enforcement officials during their investigation.
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March 25, 2010

Jury convicts three Mexican nationals of marijuana trafficking
KANSAS CITY - Three Mexican nationals were convicted by a federal jury today of participating in a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of marijuana. Ramon Benavente-Zubia, 38, Mateo Ruiz-Zarate, 27, and Elias Isaac Guerrero-Ramirez, 28, who are all citizens of Mexico, were found guilty of the charges contained in a Feb. 9, 2010, federal indictment.
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March 24, 2010

KC man sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking, illegal firearm following police shooting
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm following a gunfight with police officers in which an officer was severely injured. Ali Akbar Walker, formerly known as “Bryan Walker” before legally changing his name, 24, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to 30 years in federal prison without parole.
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KC man, woman sentenced for mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY- Two Kansas City, Mo., residents were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme that involved dozens of mortgage transactions. Mark Kiel, 42, and Codi McArdle, 26, who are common law husband and wife, of Kansas City, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning. Kiel was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison without parole; McArdle was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison without parole.
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March 18, 2010

Springfield business owner pleads guilty to $17 million fraud scheme;
Sold dietary supplements over the Internet with false claims to prevent, cure disease
SPRINGIFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to fraudulently market dietary supplements over the Internet with illegal claims that these supplements could prevent, treat or cure a number of diseases. Several Web sites were used to sell more than $17.4 million worth of products in 2005 and 2006. Charles Thao, 42, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to his role in conspiracies to violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, to defraud the United States, to commit wire fraud, to commit mail fraud and to commit money laundering.
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March 17, 2010

Overland Park man pleads guilty to fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY - An Overland Park, Kan., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to actions taken as part of a bank fraud scheme that forced several low-income homeowners into bankruptcy by saddling them with more debt than they were able to repay. Harris Poulikidis, 62, of Overland Park, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to causing an individual to travel across state lines as part of a fraud scheme.
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Former Whiteman air traffic controller pleads guilty to attempting to distribute child porn
KANSAS CITY- A former air traffic controller at Whiteman Air Force Base pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet. Michael A. Worrick, 27, who was a serviceman at Whiteman Air Force Base at the time of the offense, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 11, 2009, federal indictment.
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March 16, 2010

Greene County man charged with bank robbery
SPRINGFIELD - A Greene County, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with robbing Empire Bank in Springfield, Mo., yesterday. Curtis L. Ralls, 43, of Greene County, was charged with bank robbery in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.
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Uzbekistan national pleads guilty to racketeering conspiracy
KANSAS CITY- An Uzbekistan national pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a criminal enterprise involving illegal aliens working in 14 states, including employees at hotels in the Kansas City, Mo., area and in Branson, Mo. Jakhongir Kakhkharov, 30, a citizen of Uzbekistan, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to the charge contained in a Jan. 7, 2010, superseding indictment.
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March 12, 2010

Clay County man pleads guilty to attempting to produce child porn, faces 20 years in prison
KANSAS CITY- A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to produce child pornography. Elvon L. Arndt, 66, of Kansas City-North, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to the charge contained in a Feb. 4, 2009, federal indictment. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, Arndt will receive a sentence of 20 years in federal prison without parole.
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March 11, 2010

North Kansas City man sentenced for wire fraud, money laundering;
Former employee embezzled $3.5 million from Ferrellgas
KANSAS CITY- A former employee of Ferrellgas, Inc., was sentenced in federal court today for wire fraud and money laundering, related to his embezzlement of $3.5 million from the company. Scott J. Beeson, 53, of North Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to four years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Beeson to pay restitution to Ferrellgas.
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Texas man sentenced to 14 years in prison formassive ecstasy conspiracy
KANSAS CITY- The 28th and final defendant in a drug-trafficking conspiracy was sentenced in federal court today for his role in distributing hundreds of thousands of ecstasy pills, worth approximately $2 million, in Jackson County, Mo. Southanome Frichitavong, also known as “Pao,” 36, of Euless, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 14 years in federal prison without parole.
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March 10, 2010

Four men, two businesses indicted for $3.5 million illegal gambling operation;
Sports bookmakingoperation used Web site, computer server in Costa Rica
KANSAS CITY- Three Kansas City, Mo., men, a Parkville, Mo., man and two businesses in Arizona and Costa Rica have been indicted by a federal grand jury for operating an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Gerlarmo Cammisano, also known as “Jerry,” 56, James J. Moretina, 60, and Michael J. Lombardo, 54, all of Kansas City, James L. Dicapo, 57, of Parkville, Phoenix International Teleport Satellite Services, Inc., located in Chandler, Ariz., and Elite Sports, located in San Jose, Costa Rica, were charged in a 23-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.
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March 9, 2010

Clinton County man pleads guilty to child porn, faces 10 years in prison for subscribing to child porn Web sites
KANSAS CITY- A Clinton County, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to attempting to receive and possess child pornography after he subscribed to several child pornography Web sites. Michael Pinkerton, 32, of Clinton County, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to the charges contained in a June 2, 2009, federal indictment. Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, the government and Pinkerton jointly recommend a sentence of 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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March 5, 2010

KC man charaged in courthouse disturbance;
Arrested withknife; loaded rifle found in vehicle
KANSAS CITY- A Kansas City, Mo., man was charged in federal court today with illegally possessing a firearm after being arrested following a disturbance at the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Wendell C. Woods, 28, of Kansas City, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
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Sugar Creek man indicted for child porn
KANSAS CITY- A Sugar Creek, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to child pornography. Martin A. Cordry, 47, of Sugar Creek, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
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March 4, 2010

Sugar Creek man indicted for child porn
KANSAS CITY- A Sugar Creek, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to child pornography. Martin A. Cordry, 47, of Sugar Creek, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
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March 3, 2010

KC man is sixth to plead guilty to illegal gambling;
Sports bookmaking operation used Web site, comuter server in Costa Rica
KANSAS CITY- A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Vincent F. Civella, 53, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to a federal information that charges him with conducting an illegal gambling business.
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March 2, 2010

Springfield husband, wife indicted for $1 million investment fraud
SPRINGFIELD- A Springfield, Mo., husband and wife were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a $1 million real estate investment scheme. John Michael Sheehan, 50, and Alesia Claremae Sheehan, 49, both of Springfield, were charged in a 22-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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Ava woman indicted for identity theft, food stamp fraud
SPRINGFIELD- An Ava, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for identity theft and food stamp fraud. Jan Ruston, 50, of Ava, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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March 1, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to receiving child porn over the Internet
KANSAS CITY- A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Travis S. Cook, 37, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with receiving child pornography over the Internet.
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February 25, 2010

Blue Springs man sentenced to 12 years for child porn
KANSAS CITY- A Blue Springs, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet. Matthew William Lane, 33, of Blue Springs, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Lane to pay $5,000 in restitution to the victims.
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Harrisonville man pleads guilty to illegal gambling;
Sports bookmaking operation used Web site, computer server in Costa Rica

KANSAS CITY - A Harrisonville, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. William D. Cammisano, Jr., also known as “Willie,” 60, of Harrisonville, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer this morning to a federal information that charges him with conducting an illegal gambling business.
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Jury convicts Raytown man of crack cocaine, illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Raytown, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of distributing crack cocaine and illegally possessing a firearm. Theodore Tiger, also known as “Abdullah,” 40, of Raytown, was found guilty of all four counts contained in a May 8, 2008, federal indictment.
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February 24, 2010

Eight co-defendants sentenced in $6 million meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - Eight co-defendants, primarily residents of Springfield, Mo., have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. These convictions resulted from Operation Family Tree, a multi-agency investigation into shipments of large quantities of methamphetamine from Arizona for distribution in Greene County, Mo.
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Respiratory therapist charged with producing child porn;
Admits to sxual contact with children

KANSAS CITY - A respiratory therapist who sometimes worked in the pediatric unit at Kansas University Medical Center has been charged in federal court with producing child pornography and attempting to distribute child pornography over the Internet. Michael D. Toal, 55, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged in a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
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Independence man sentenced for growing marijuana;
Hundreds of plants found in two homes

KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for growing hundreds of marijuana plants in two houses in Independence and Blue Springs. Tam Ba Tran, 48, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Tran to pay $7,227 in restitution for stolen electricity.
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Former corporate executive sentenced for failing to file tax returns
SPRINGFIELD - A former Springfield, Mo., resident was sentenced in federal court today for failing to file tax returns on millions of dollars in income. Ronald E. Kirkland, 65, of Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to two years in federal prison without parole.
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February 22, 2010

Arkansas business owner pleads guilty to making a false statement to a financial institution
SPRINGFIELD - The developer of a Hollister, Mo., subdivision has pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement in his application for a business loan that was actually for the benefit of others. James David Boothe, 49, of Lead Hill, Ark., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Boothe was the president and owner of Tri-Lakes Interiors, Inc., and owner of Bandit Construction, LLC. Boothe was the developer of the Valley View Heights subdivision in Hollister.
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St. Joseph man sentenced for dog fighting conspiracy;
Hundreds of dogs seized in multi-state investigation

KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to promote and participate in dog fights. Rick P. Hihath, 56, of St. Joseph, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 16 months in federal prison without parole. Following his prison term, Hihath must serve three years of supervised release, during which he is prohibited from owning or possessing any dogs and must serve 100 hours of community service. Hihath will surrender to begin serving his prison sentence on April 5, 2010.
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Slater man sentenced for conspiracy to steal mail, identity theft
JEFFERSON CITY - A Slater, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to steal mail, bank fraud and identity theft. Jacob Richard Roll, 33, of Slater, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, to 14 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Roll to pay $13,100 in restitution.
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February 19, 2010

Two KC brothers plead guilty to illegal gambling;
Sports bookmaking operation used Web site, computer server in Costa Ric
KANSAS CITY - Two brothers from Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Michael C. Sansone, 30, and Anthony V. Sansone, 27, both of Kansas City, waived their right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer this afternoon to two separate federal informations that charge them with transmitting wagering information over the Internet.
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Grandview man sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs
Pays $24,000 to Motion Picture Association after secretly videotaping 'Dark Knight' in Lee's Summit theater

KANSAS CITY - A Grandview, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally trafficking in counterfeit DVDs. Robert L. Henderson, 42, of Grandview, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Henderson to pay $24,738 in restitution to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and to forfeit to the government a digital video camcorder, two laptop computers, four desktop computers, the counterfeit DVDs and numerous blank DVDs and empty DVD cases.
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Springfield man pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy, counterfeiting;
Conspirators passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, including Greene CountySheriff's Dept.

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a bank fraud conspiracy that involved false identification documents used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, including thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent checks drawn on a Greene County Sheriff’s Department bank account. John Dennis Sedersten, 34, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the bank fraud conspiracy, as well as to counterfeiting checks and to transporting fraudulently taken property across state lines.
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KC man sentenced for 60 years for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court on charges related to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Richard Calvin Harrison, 32, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, to 60 years in federal prison without parole.
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Jury convicts man, woman of meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Honduran man and a Guatemalan woman have been convicted by a federal jury of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jose Cortes, 36, a citizen of Honduras who was residing in Independence, Mo., and Claudia M. Loaiza, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., a permanent resident alien from Guatemala, were found guilty on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2010, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine between December 2007 and July 8, 2008, and of being in possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on July 8, 2008. Cortes was also found guilty of distributing methamphetamine and illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.
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Jury convicts Hollister woman of meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Hollister, Mo., woman has been convicted by a federal jury of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Robin Gayle East, 49, of Hollister, was found guilty on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, of participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine between April 14 and April 15, 2009.
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February 18, 2010

Liberty man pleads guilty to illegal gambling;
Sports bookmaking operation used Web site, computer server in Costa Rica

KANSAS CITY - A Liberty, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to conducting an illegal gambling business that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Charles J. Simone, 24, of Liberty, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with conducting an illegal gambling business.
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February 17, 2010

Former bank officials, SBA manager among 16 defendants indicted for $10 millin bank fraud scheme
SPRINGFIELD - Two former bank vice presidents and the former branch manager of the Small Business Administration’s office in Springfield are among 16 defendants who have been indicted, in five separate but related cases, for their involvement in a bank fraud scheme that took advantage of business loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. According to the indictments, the bank fraud scheme involved at least 31 fraudulent business loans, ranging from $100,000 to $1.6 million, issued by Mid-America Bank and Trust Company (MABTC) in Pulaski County, Mo., between January 2005 and January 2007. The fraudulent loans cited in the indictments total more than $10.1 million.
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February 12, 2010

Arizona woman sentenced for meth conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A Phoenix, Ariz., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Cole and Moniteau counties. Tina Louise McFalls, 41, of Phoenix, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.
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Versailles man sentenced for illegal firearm
JEFFERSON CITY - A Versailles, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing firearms. Robert Lee Eldridge, 27, of Versailles, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, to eight years in federal prison without parole.
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Centertown man sentenced for possessing explosives
JEFFERSON CITY - A Centertown, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for possessing explosive devices. Jeffrey Allen Bedwell, 29, of Centertown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2009, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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St. Joseph man pleads guilty to two bank robberies
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to two bank robberies. Michael Sandgren, 44, of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in a Sept. 25, 2009, federal indictment.
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Russellville man pleads guilty to illegal firearms; faces 15 years in prison
JEFFERSON CITY - A Russellville, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms and to possessing stolen firearms. Dale Scott Olten, Sr., 46, of Russellville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to the charges contained in a July 17, 2009, federal indictment.
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February 11, 2010

Carthage man sentenced to 19 years in prison for receiving child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Carthage, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Ivron Butler, 45, of Carthage, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Butler to serve a term of supervised release, upon his release from prison, for the rest of his life.
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Jefferson City man sentenced to 20 years for meth conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Cole and Moniteau counties. Scott Wayne Winter, 51, of Jefferson City, Mo., was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole.
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Blue Springs man pleads guilty to child exploitation, faces 15 years in prison
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to inducing a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the production of child pornography. William M. Brown, 30, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this afternoon to the charge contained in an April 8, 2010, federal indictment.
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Iowa husband, wife plead guilty to dog fighting conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A husband and wife from Perry, Iowa, pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy to promote and participate in dog fights. Jill D. Makstaller, 32, of Perry, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to the charge contained in a June 23, 2009, federal indictment. Her husband, Andrew D. Makstaller, 34, also of Perry, who was not charged in the indictment, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to an information that charges him with transporting animals for participation in an animal fighting venture.
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Ranch hand pleads guilty to bank fraud in false cattle theft case
SPRINGFIELD - A Clever, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a bank fraud scheme related to a false cattle theft claim. Jesse D. Rice, 56, of Clever, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charge contained in an Oct. 14, 2009, federal indictment.
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Kansas woman sentenced for bank fraud;
Must forfeit airplane to former employer to cover embezzlement

KANSAS CITY - An Ottawa, Kan., woman was sentenced in federal court today for a bank fraud scheme in which she embezzled from her employer. Sandra L. Brandes, 42, of Ottawa, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this morning to 15 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Brandes, as stipulated in her plea agreement, to transfer title to her airplane to her former employer, the primary victim of her bank fraud scheme, and to pay $15,000 in restitution to his insurance company.
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Columbia man sentenced for distributing crack cocaine
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing crack cocaine in Boone County, Mo. D’Mitri Antonio Doughty, 30, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, to 10 years in federal prison without parole.
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February 10, 2010

Northland man pleads guilty to illegal gambling;
Sports bookmaking operation used Web site, computer server in Costa Rica

KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to being a bookmaker in an illegal gambling operation that relied on a Web site with a computer server located in Costa Rica. Michael V. Badalucco, 26, of Kansas City-North, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays this afternoon to a federal indictment that charges him with using a telephone, while engaged in a gambling business, to transmit wagering information between Missouri, Arizona and Costa Rica to assist in placing bets on sporting events.
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Cole Camp business owner sentenced for wire fraud, tax evasion;
Customers of farm supply store lost nearly $950,000

JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole Camp, Mo., business owner was sentenced in federal court today for wire fraud and tax evasion related to a nearly $950,000 scheme to sell farm supplies at bargain prices. Robert Thomas Bain, 44, of Cole Camp, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Bain to pay $1,267,394 in restitution to 23 victims of his fraud scheme and to the IRS. Bain operated Heartland Farm Supply, which he incorporated as Heartland Farm Services, Inc., in February 2004, a retail business selling propane and farm equipment.
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KC man sentenced to 15 years for distributing crack, illegally possessing a firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing crack cocaine and illegally possessing a firearm. Reginald A. Stuckey, 27, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Stuckey was sentenced as an armed career offender.
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February 9, 2010

Columbia man pleads guilty to armed bank robberies;
Series of armed robberies culminated in shoot-out with officers

KANSAS CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a series of armed bank robberies that culminated in a vehicle pursuit and shoot-out with law enforcement officers. Michael A. Leak, 19, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to the charges contained in an Aug. 5, 2009, federal indictment.
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Blue Springs woman pleads guilty to bank fraud, money laundering
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a bank fraud and money laundering scheme in which she embezzled as much as $760,000 from her employer. Shanna M. Hutchens, 36, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this afternoon to the charges contained in a July 14, 2009, federal indictment.
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Richmond man indicted for falsely claiming he earned military medals
KANSAS CITY - A Richmond, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for falsely claiming that he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for his military service in Grenada. Timothy James Watkins, 47, of Richmond, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Former government contractor indicted for stealing $650,000 in computer equipment from USDA;
Allegedly sold stolen equipment over the Internet for $166,000

KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for stealing more than $650,000 worth of computer equipment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked as a contract employee, and selling it over the Internet for more than $166,000. Gragg R. Vaill, 48, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was charged in a 24-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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February 8, 2010

Three men sentenced for conspiracy to use fake diplomatic identification
KANSAS CITY - Three men with connections to the sovereign citizen movement were sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to use fraudulent diplomatic credentials. David L. Robinson, 67, of Lawrence, Kan., Daniel W. Denham, 51, of Kingsville, Mo., Larry P. Goodyke, 53, of Henderson, Nev., were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Robinson was sentenced to six years and three months in federal prison without parole. Denham and Goodyke were each sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole.
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Platte City man pleads guilty to recieving child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Platte City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to receiving child pornography over the Internet. Samuel T. Smith, 22, of Platte City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with receiving child pornography.
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Springfield business owner pleads guilty to marketing dietary supplements;
Intenet businesses generated nearly $12 million with false claims to prevent, cure diseases

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., business owner has pleaded guilty in federal court to her role in a conspiracy to fraudulently market dietary supplements over the Internet with illegal claims that these supplements could prevent, treat or cure a number of diseases. Several Web sites were used to sell nearly $12 million worth of the products in 2005 and 2006. Mai Lor, 25, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, to her role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
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February 5, 2010

Business ownes sentenced for distributing tainted pet food ingredient;
Follows $24 million settlement related to illness and deaths of thousands of pets

KANSAS CITY - A Nevada company and its owners were sentenced in federal court today for distributing a tainted ingredient used to make pet food, which resulted in a nationwide recall of pet food and the death and serious illness of countless pets across the United States in 2007. Sally Qing Miller, 43, a Chinese national, and her husband, Stephen S. Miller, 57, both of Las Vegas, Nev., were sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer this morning to three years of probation. The court also ordered their company, Chemnutra, Inc., to pay a $25,000 fine. Sally Miller and Stephen Miller were each ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. The court ruled that no further restitution would be imposed in light of a $24 million settlement in the related civil suit reached in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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Springfield man pleads guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud schemes;
Conspirators passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks

SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today in two separate cases that charge him in a bank fraud conspiracy and a tax fraud scheme. The bank fraud conspiracy involved false identification documents that were used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks. The tax fraud scheme involved fraudulent tax returns that were filed in order to receive tax refunds to which he and others were not entitled. Max R. Snodgrass, 32, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the conspiracy charge contained in a Sept. 9, 2009, federal indictment. Snodgrass also waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to a federal information filed today that charges him with tax fraud.
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February 4, 2010

Two more motorcycle club members sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Two motorcycle club members were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Michael Fitzwater, also known as “Holms,” 61, of Harrisonville, Mo., and Donald Culey, also known as “Kooly,” 42, of Kansas City, Kan., were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to five years in federal prison without parole.
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KC woman sentenced for Social Security fraud
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for Social Security fraud. Paula Kay Ellis, 51, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays this afternoon to two years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Ellis to pay $48,133 in restitution to the government.
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Houston woman pleads guilty to embezzling from her father's business
SPRINGFIELD - A Houston, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a mail fraud scheme in which she embezzled as much as $200,000 from her father’s business bank accounts. Shirley Ann Scheets, 49, of Houston, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charge contained in an April 1, 2009, federal indictment.
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Brumley man, Nevada woman indicted for $1.8 million bank fraud
SPRINGFIELD - A Brumley, Mo., man and a Nevada, Mo., woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $1.8 million bank fraud scheme. Earnest Ray Schenker, 38, of Brumley, and Donis Gayle Duncan, 39, of Nevada, were charged in a 15-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.
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February 3, 2010

Three men indicted for armed bank robberies
KANSAS CITY - Three men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for the armed robberies of three area banks. Michael K. Scott, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., Claude White, 54, of Kansas City, Kan., and Woodrow McCoy, 36, no known address, were charged in an eight-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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KC man pleads guilty to $3.6 million mortgage fraud, money laundering
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a mortgage fraud conspiracy that involved loans on 34 properties in the inner city and midtown areas of Kansas City totaling more than $3.6 million. Quentin Henley, 37, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to the charges contained in a July 14, 2009, federal indictment.
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Owner of Bolivar roofing company sentenced for hiring illegal aliens;
Willpay $185,000 forfeiture plus $36,000 fine

SPRINGFIELD - The owner of a Bolivar, Mo., roofing company was sentenced in federal court today for hiring illegal aliens. Russell D. Taylor, 31, of Bolivar, was sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning. Taylor did business as Taylor-Made Roofing, also known as Taylor-Made Contractors.
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February 2, 2010

KC man pleads guilty to illegally possessing a firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm. Alfonso M. Tunley, 33, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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Apartment manager pleads guilty to making false statements to HUD;
Traded sexual favors from Section 8 tenants

KANSAS CITY - The former manager of a Kansas City, Mo., apartment complex pleaded guilty in federal court today to making false statements to the government about the incomes of Section 8 tenants in exchange for sexual favors. Meredith F. Sullivan, 55, of Kansas City, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to a federal information that charges him with making a false statement.
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Two KC men sentenced for stealing ATF money;
Instead of selling gun,defendants used it to rob confidential informant
KANSAS CITY - Two Kansas City, Mo., men were sentenced in federal court today for stealing funds that were supposed to be used by a confidential informant to purchase a firearm in an undercover law enforcement operation. Instead of selling the firearm to the confidential informant, the defendants used the handgun to rob the informant. Johnny L. Bell, 28, and Leron L. Morris, 24, both of Kansas City, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple. Bell was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Morris was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison without parole.
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February 1, 2010

Former Republic postmaster pleads guilty to misappropriating postal funds
SPRINGFIELD - The former postmaster for the Republic, Mo., Post Office pleaded guilty in federal court today to misappropriating postal funds. Donna Rippee, 63, of Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to the charge contained in an April 1, 2009, federal indictment.
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January 28, 2010

Platte County man sentenced for high-tech fencing scheme, merchandise shoplifted, auctioned on eBay
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for organizing a scheme to shoplift merchandise then sell the stolen property on the Internet auction site eBay. John Charles Chass, 42, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to thirty-three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Chass to pay $120,000 in restitution.
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Tulsa man sentenced for attempting to entice a minor for sex, crossing state lines for illicit sex
SPRINGFIELD - A Tulsa, Okla., man was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to entice a person he believed was a 13-year-old girl to engage in illicit sex and for traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sex. Robert Dean Graef, 30, of Tulsa, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Graef to forfeit to the government a Glock .40-caliber handgun, magazines and .40-caliber ammunition, and a 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible, all of which were used to commit the offenses.
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January 26, 2010

Roofing company owner sentenced for harboring illegal aliens
SPRINGFIELD – The owner of a Springfield, Mo., roofing company was sentenced in federal court today for harboring illegal aliens. Hilario Perez-Cereceres, 44, of Springfield, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to three years of probation. Perez-Cereceres, a citizen of Mexico, is a permanent lawful resident of the United States.
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January 22, 2010

Lee's Summit man pleads guilty to drugging a woman's drink
KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to sneaking a drug into a woman’s drink at a downtown Kansas City, Mo., bar. James W. Ware, 50, of Lee’s Summit, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to a federal information that charges him with distributing Alprazolam.
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Former KC man pleads guilty to identity theft, credit card fraud;
Restaurant waiter targeted customers on the Plaza
KANSAS CITY - A former Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing identity information from customers at the Plaza restaurant where he worked, then using that information to make online purchases. John David Woody, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to the charges contained in a Nov. 18, 2008, federal indictment.
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Former police officer, wife plead guilty to identity theft conspiracy;
Students at CMSU targeted for credit card fraud
KANSAS CITY - A former officer for the University of Central Missouri Police Department and his wife have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in an identity theft conspiracy that targeted students at the university. Amanda J. Drake, 30, of Warrensburg, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 12, 2009, federal indictment. Her husband, James B. Drake, 46, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Jan. 4, 2010.
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January 21, 2010

Branson man pleads guilty to producing, distributing child porn;
Faces at least 15 years in prison for using an infant to produce child porn
SPRINGFIELD - A Branson, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to using an infant to produce child pornography and to distributing child pornography over the Internet. Ronald Darling, 45, of Branson, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the charges contained in a Nov. 17, 2009, federal indictment.
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Trenton man charged with illegally possessing firearms, homemade bombs
KANSAS CITY - A Trenton, Mo., man was arrested today after being charged in federal court with illegally possessing firearms and homemade bombs. Richard W. Cobley, 53, of Trenton, was charged in a federal criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 20, 2010. Cobley was arrested at his residence today and remains in federal custody pending his initial court appearance.
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Jury convicts KC man of bank robbery
Thief accidentally discarded stolen money while fleeing from bank
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today of robbing Central Bank in Kansas City, Mo. Clifton D. Taylor, 37, of Kansas City, was found guilty of stealing $2,700 from Central Bank on March 12, 2009.
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January 20, 2010

Two plead guilty in $40 million meth conspiracy
1,000 pounds of chemical from KC plant used to manufacture meth
KANSAS CITY - Two more defendants pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a criminal conspiracy that involved at least 1,000 pounds of pseudoephedrine taken from the Sanofi-Aventis U.S., LLC pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo., leading to the manufacture of more than $40 million worth of methamphetamine. Garland Duane Hankins, 42, of Oak Grove, Mo., and Blake William Folsom, 42, of Raytown, Mo., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to the charges contained in a May 19, 2009, federal indictment.
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January 19, 2010

Laurie man pleads guilty to illegally storing display fireworks
JEFFERSON CITY - A Laurie, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally storing commercial display fireworks. Michael William Backman, 66, of Laurie, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge William A. Knox this afternoon to a federal information that charges him with illegally storing a variety of explosive materials.
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January 10, 2010

Branson man pleads guilty to $1.8 million tax evasion conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Branson, Mo., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a $1.8 million tax evasion conspiracy. David D. Large, 51, of Branson, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 5, 2009, federal indictment.
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January 9, 2010

Jury convicts McDonald County man of illegally possessing firearms, explosives
SPRINGFIELD - A McDonald County, Mo., man was convicted in federal court today of illegally possessing firearms and explosives at his 200-acre property in southern Missouri. Robert Neil Joos, 56, of McDonald County, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and one count of being a felon in possession of explosives. When law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Joos’ property on June 25, 2009, they found five shotguns, five rifles, five pistols, more than 19,000 rounds of ammunition and blasting caps.
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January 8, 2010

Springfield man pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy, identity theft, passing counterfeit $100 bills;
Passed more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks, $13,300 in counterfeit currency
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to two federal indictments that charge him in an identity theft and check-counterfeiting conspiracy and with passing counterfeit $100 bills in Springfield. The bank fraud scheme involved false identification documents that were used to negotiate more than $100,000 in counterfeit checks. The counterfeiting scheme involved $13,300 in counterfeit $100 bills. Bryan Thomas Ray, 32, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, to the charges contained in two separate federal indictments.
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Stockton man sentenced for arson
SPRINGFIELD - A Stockton, Mo., has been sentenced in federal court for his role in an arson fire. Jacob Smith, 19, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, to five years in federal prison without parole.
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January 4, 2010

Three defendants plead guilty to meth conspiracy;
Meth ingredient stolen at gunpoint on Super Bowl Sunday, used to manufacture over $1 million worth of meth
KANSAS CITY - Three more defendants pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges related to manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine following the theft of a 50-kilogram (110 pounds) drum of pharmaceutical pseudoephedrine powder in an armed robbery and kidnapping at the Sanofi-Aventis U.S., LLC pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo. The pseudoephedrine was used to manufacture more than $1 million worth of methamphetamine. James Robert Everson, Jr., also known as “Bimbo,” 42, of Kansas City, Kan., Micah Lee Boley, 48, of Grain Valley, Mo., and Eugene Edward Dove, 43, of Meriden, Kan., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to participating in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine between June 1, 2006, and May 2, 2009.
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Lake Ozark man sentenced for $3 million investment fraud conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Lake Ozark man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a $3 million investment fraud conspiracy. Craig F. Swoboda, 74, of Lake Ozark, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to five years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Swoboda to pay $2.4 million in restitution.
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KC man sentenced for illegal firearm after pointing gun at officer
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Elvie L. Black, 36, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this afternoon to nine years and two months in federal prison.
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Blue Springs man pleads guilty to possessing child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing child pornography. David Anthony Dunn, 21, of Blue Springs, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to the charge contained in a July 14, 2009, federal indictment.
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