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2006 Press Releases

December 28 , 2006

California man pleads guilty to pharmaceutical drug fraud
KANSAS CITY - A California man pleaded guilty in federal court today to defrauding the government by arranging for the purchase of stolen pharmaceutical drugs. Noah Salcedo-Smith, 35, of San Fernando, Calif., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in a Dec. 14, 2005, superseding indictment.
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December 27 , 2006

KC man pleads guilty to identity theft conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in an identity theft conspiracy. Charles W. Vann, 32, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 10, 2006, federal indictment.
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December 22 , 2006

Springfield man pleads guilty to wearing Marine Corps uniform, medals
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform and medals without authorization. Michael Paul Bramlett, 34, of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England to a two-count federal information that charges him with wearing a Marine Corps uniform and with wearing decorations, medals, badges and ribbons of the armed forces without authorization from Dec. 8 to 13, 2005. Bramlett served in the Navy for three months in 1989, but has never served in the Marine Corps.
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December 19 , 2006

GeckoCommunications owner, managers sentenced in $15.6 million telemarketing fraud
KANSAS CITY - The co-owners and seven office managers of telemarketing firm Gecko Communications, Inc., were sentenced in federal court today and yesterday for their roles in $15.6 million telemarketing scheme that defrauded an estimated 83,000 victims nationwide. Four defendants who were convicted by a federal jury for their roles in this conspiracy were sentenced yesterday. Zachery T. Whitehill, 30, of Sahuarita, Ariz.; Jaime E. Cook, 31, of Kansas City, Mo.; Bradley L. Lovstad, 45, of Muscantine, Iowa; and Monty E. Wanless, 31, of Kansas City, Mo.; were sentenced on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. Whitehill was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison without parole, to be followed with 3 years of supervised release. Cook was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison without parole, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Lovstad was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison without parole, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Wanless was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison without parole, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. The court also ordered each of the defendants to pay $6,048 in restitution, for which they are jointly and severally liable. Whitehill, Cook, Lovstad and Wanless were convicted on April 26, 2006, by a jury of all the charges contained in a Nov. 17, 2004, federal indictment.
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December 18 , 2006

KC man sentenced in multi-million dollar mortgage appraisal scheme
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to defraud home buyers and mortgage lenders of millions of dollars. Phillip D. Thomas, 50, of Kansas City, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Gary A Fenner to twenty-four months and ordered to pay$6,309,277.20 in restitution.
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December 15 , 2006

Licking man sentenced to 15 years for illegal firearm
SPRINGFIELD - A Licking, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Today’s sentencing is a result of Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative. Timothy Stagner, 26, of Licking, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole. Stagner was sentenced as an armed career offender, Schlozman added, due to his prior criminal felony convictions.
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Reeds Spring man sentenced for illegal firearm
SPRINGFIELD - A Reeds Spring, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Today’s sentencing is a result of Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative. Michael D. Stacy, 24, of Reeds Spring, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to nine years and two months in federal prison without parole.
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Former manager of Columbia strip club pleads guilty to tax evasion for $40,000 in unpaid taxes
JEFFERSON CITY - The former manager of Club Vogue, a strip club in Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to tax evasion for more than $40,000 in unpaid taxes over a four-year period. Dan Bruce Marcum, 51, formerly of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey to the charge contained in an April 20, 2006, federal indictment. Marcum is the former general manager of JR Entertainment, Inc., doing business as Club Vogue, located at 912 Business Loop 70 East in Columbia, and the former co-owner of Show Girls, a strip club near Boonville, Mo., that is no longer in business.
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Columbia man sentenced for crack cocaine, illegal firearm
JEFFERSON CITY - A Columbia, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing crack cocaine and illegally possessing a firearm. Demetrius Terell Young, 28, of Columbia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to eight years and four months in federal prison without parole.
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Honduran national sentenced for illegally reentering the United States
SPRINGFIELD - A Honduran national was sentenced in federal court today for illegally reentering the United States after having been previously deported. Elmer Isabel Velasquez-Licona, 21, a citizen of Honduras who was residing in Lamar, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.
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Bank employee pleads guilty to embezzlement
KANSAS CITY - A former bank employee pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling from a Blue Springs, Mo., bank. Eric M. Jones, 28, of Blue Springs, waived his right to an indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to a federal information that charges him with embezzlement by a bank employee.
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December 14 , 2006

Jury recommends life in prison for drug-related murder
KANSAS CITY - A federal jury recommended a sentence of life in federal prison without parole for a former Jackson County, Mo., man who was convicted in the 1998 murder of an Independence, Mo., man. John “Phil” Street, 44, formerly of Jackson County, was found guilty on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2006, of the charge contained in a Sept. 13, 2006, superseding indictment related to the murder of Douglas C. Weil of Independence, whose body was discovered on Feb. 9, 1998. Street was found guilty of murdering Weil while engaged in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 1996 and Sept. 21, 1999.
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December 13 , 2006

Former tanning salon owner charged with child porn
SPRINGFIELD - The former owner of a Springfield, Mo., tanning salon was charged in federal court today with producing and possessing child pornography. Brett Patrick Kent, 34, formerly of Springfield, was charged in a seven-count federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Kent is the former owner of 360 Degree Tan in Springfield.
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Real estate broker, investor pleads guilty to illegal money transfers related to mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY - A real estate broker who also invested in residential properties in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to transferring money obtained illegally through fraud across state lines. Doris J. Taylor, 59, of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to the charges contained in an April 5, 2006, federal indictment.
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December 12 , 2006

Jury convicts drug dealer in federal case of 'meth, money and murder'
KANSAS CITY - A former Jackson County, Mo., man was convicted by a federal jury today in the 1998 murder of an Independence, Mo., man. John “Phil” Street, 44, formerly of Jackson County, was found guilty of the charge contained in a Sept. 13, 2006, superseding indictment related to the murder of Douglas C. Weil of Independence, whose body was discovered on Feb. 9, 1998. Street was found guilty of murdering Weil while engaged in the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 1996 and Sept. 21, 1999.
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Third defendant sentenced to more than 15 years in meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A third defendant was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, primarily in the Lee’s Summit area. Christopher S. Dettlaff, 29, address unknown, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 15 years and eight months in federal prison without parole.
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December 11 , 2006

St. Louis man indicted for bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - A St. Louis, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for robbing U.S. Bank in St. Joseph, Mo. Marcus A. Weaver, 36, of St. Louis, was charged with bank robbery in an indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Dec. 12, 2006.
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December 8 , 2006

St. Louis man indicted for cocaine conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A St. Louis, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for his role in a cocaine conspiracy in Boone County, Mo. Ricky Gregory Donahue, 27, of St. Louis, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City.
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December 7 , 2006

St. Joseph pharmacist pleads guilty to child porn
KANSAS CITY - A St. Joseph, Mo., pharmacist pleaded guilty in federal court today to publishing a notice of child pornography and to distributing child pornography. Walter E. Sewell, 41, of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to the charges contained in a Sept. 27, 2005, federal indictment and in a federal information that was filed today. Sewell was a pharmacist who formerly worked at Food4Less in St. Joseph.
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December 6 , 2006

Springfield restaurant operators plead guilty to hiring and harboring illegal aliens
SPRINGFIELD - The operators of the Great Wall restaurant in Springfield, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to hiring and harboring illegal aliens from Mexico and the Peoples Republic of China. Miao De Zhang, 51, and Ai Hui Chen, 46, both of Springfield, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England this afternoon to the charges contained in a Sept. 21, 2006, federal indictment.
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Texas youth coach pleads guilty to sexually molesting minors
KANSAS CITY - A girls youth wrestling coach pleaded guilty in federal court today to sexually molesting minors aboard a charter bus traveling through Missouri on its return trip to Texas. Timothy Daniel Morriss, 43, of Weir, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to the charge contained in a June 6, 2006, federal indictment. Morriss, a girls youth wrestling coach at The Rock Wrestling Club in Leaander, Texas, was among several adults traveling with a group of 23 female high school-age wrestlers from the Team Texas delegation of the USA Wrestling League aboard a charter bus to a national meet in Fargo, N. D.
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Eighteen defendants indicted in drug trafficking conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Eighteen defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, ecstasy, cocaine and PCP in Jackson County, Mo. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $750,000 in alleged drug trafficking proceeds.
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Kansas, Georgia residents indicted for bank robbery conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Three Kansas residents and a Georgia man were indicted by a federal grand jury today for a conspiracy that involved a series of bank robberies. Christopher C. Pinkston, 28, Kevin W. Vinson, 21, and Nakia Gross, 31, all of Leavenworth, Kan., and Dan W. Russell, 40, of Atlanta, Ga., were charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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December 5 , 2006

KC man pleads guilty to bank fraud in fire insurance scheme
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to bank fraud related to his scheme to collect insurance proceeds following a residential fire. Robert E. Washington, 29, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in an Aug. 10, 2006, federal indictment.
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December 4 , 2006

Father pleads guilty to illegal firearms following Joplin school shooting
SPRINGFIELD - The father of the student involved in a shooting at Joplin Middle School pleaded guilty today to illegally possessing several firearms and ammunition. Gregory Lynn White, 44, of Joplin, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. White is the father of the Joplin Middle School student who was taken into custody after allegedly firing one shot into the school’s ceiling and allegedly attempting to shoot school officials with a Norinco semi-automatic assault rifle on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.
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Federal inmate indicted for threatening federal judge, U.S. Attorney
SPRINGFIELD - An Oregon man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for mailing threatening letters to a federal magistrate judge and a former U.S. Attorney. Bruce Dewayne Jensen, 29, of Oregon, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. Jensen is serving a federal prison sentence at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield.
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December 1 , 2006

Carl Junction man indicted for $215,000 wire fraud, money laundering
SPRINGFIELD - A Carl Junction, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud and money laundering after purchasing 21 used cars at an auto auction for more than $215,000. Christopher Ryan King, 32, of Carl Junction, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006.
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November 30, 2006

Nebraska, New York business owners plead guilty to $42 million Lipitor conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Two business owners from Nebraska and New York pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in a $42 million dollar conspiracy to sell counterfeit, illegally imported and misbranded Lipitor and a conspiracy to sell stolen pharmaceutical drugs. Richard K. Rounsborg, 48, of Kearney, Neb., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to the charge contained in a Dec. 14, 2005, superseding indictment. Also this morning, Albert David Nassar, 51, of New York, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to a separate conspiracy charge contained in the Dec. 14, 2005, superseding indictment.
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November 29, 2006

Attorney sentenced for attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City-area attorney was sentenced in federal court today for attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity. Jan Pleasant Helder, Jr., 43, of Mission Hills, Kan., was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to five years in federal prison without parole.
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Ozark man sentenced to 22 years in multi-kilo meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - An Ozark, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a large-scale methamphetamine conspiracy, the final defendant to be sentenced in one of the indictments resulting from Operation Leapfrog, a nationwide investigation that involves multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine into southwest Missouri. Clint L. Ball, 34, of Ozark, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr to 22 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.
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November 21, 2006

Blue Springs man sentenced again for child porn in second federal conviction
KANSAS CITY - A Blue Springs, Mo., man – who has already been sentenced on similar charges in a separate federal case – was sentenced in federal court today for distributing and receiving child pornography over the Internet. George M. Bass, Jr., 59, of Blue Springs, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this afternoon to 15 years in federal prison without parole, to be served concurrently with an earlier sentence in a separate federal case.
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Omaha woman pleads guilty to two bank robberies
KANSAS CITY - An Omaha, Neb., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to the same-day robberies of two banks in the Northland area of Kansas City, Mo. Sharon M. Steele, 41, of Omaha, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to both charges contained in an Aug. 9, 2006, federal indictment.
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Lathrop woman pleads guilty to $189,000 mail fraud scheme
KANSAS CITY - A Lathrop, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to a mail fraud scheme in which she stole more than $189,000 from her employer. Lisa Ann O’Dell, 40, of Lathrop, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this morning to a federal information that charges her with mail fraud in a scheme that lasted from March 24, 2000, to March 25, 2005.
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November 20, 2006

Lee's Summit man sentenced for Medicare fraud
KANSAS CITY - The owner of a medical supply business was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars through a program that provides motorized wheelchairs to patients. Godwin Iloka, 39, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria residing in Lee’s Summit, Mo., was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to three years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Iloka to forfeit to the government his residence in Lee’s Summit, a 2003 Ford Explorer, a 2004 Honda Accord, a 2004 Chevrolet van, and all funds in two bank accounts, all of which represent the proceeds of his criminal activities.
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Former Columbia resident, corporate officer pleads guilty to mail fraud
JEFFERSON CITY - A former Columbia, Mo., woman who was an officer in a Missouri company pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in an investment fraud conspiracy. Gail M. Wilkerson, 62, of Denver, Colo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
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St. Robert man sentenced for growing marijuana on national forest land
SPRINGFIELD - A St. Robert, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for growing marijuana in Mark Twain National Forest in Pulaski County, Mo. Hans Karl Frye, 49, of St. Robert, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this afternoon to five years in federal prison without parole.
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Two men sentenced for illegally entering the United States
SPRINGFIELD - Two men were sentenced in federal court today, in separate and unrelated cases, to illegally reentering the United States after having been previously deported.
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Two Mexican nationals sentenced for meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - two Mexican nationals were sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Mo. Today’s sentencing is the result of Operation Lucky Charm, a joint investigation by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies into a large quantity of methamphetamine being distributed in southwest Missouri. Law enforcement officers seized nearly eight pounds of methamphetamine in the course of this investigation, which resulted in three separate indictments against 10 defendants.
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November 17, 2006

Jury convicts two KC men in drug trafficking conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Two Kansas City, Mo., men were convicted by a federal jury today for participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Carlos R. Brandon, 30, Dayron Johnson, 23, both of Kansas City, were found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine between July 1 and Dec. 8, 2004 in Jackson County. Brandon was also found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine during that time.
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Four Russian nationals, Polish national indicted for visa fraud
KANSAS CITY - Four Russian nationals and a Polish national involved with a Branson, Mo., company that provides workers to area hotels have been indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false statements in order to obtain foreign labor visas for hundreds of employees. Serguei Choukline, also known as Anton Kim, 48, and his wife, Irina Choukline, 44, both of whom were born in Russia and now reside in Springfield, Mo., Anna Bauer, 28, who was born in Russia and resides in Falls Church, Virginia, Irina Lemetyuynen, 38, who was born in Russia and resides in Springfield, and Angnieszka Koblenc, 31, who was born in Poland and resides in Springfield, were charged in a 17-count second superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006.
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November 16, 2006

Tri-City Ministries bookkeeper sentenced for embezzling $1.2 million
KANSAS CITY - A former employee of Tri-City Ministries was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling $1.2 million from the Baptist organization by taking money from its checking account and the checking account of its church camp. William Dwight Free, 62, a former bookkeeper/business manager of Tri-City Ministries located in Independence, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this afternoon to one year and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Free to pay $617,950 in restitution.
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November 15, 2006

Five Pakistani nationals, U.S. citizen indicted for marriage fraud
KANSAS CITY - Four Pakistani nationals were arraigned in federal court today after being indicted, along with another Parkistani national and a U.S. citizen, for marriage fraud. Robyn Adele Raja, 52, Qammar Ulzaman Raja, 47, Riaz Ahmed, 44, and Muhammed Shafique, 42, all of Independence, Mo., Waseem Qammar, 26, and Nadeem Qammar, both of Sugar Creek, Mo., were charged in a 12-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Nov. 1, 2006.
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Jury convicts Stone County man for meth conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Stone County, Mo., man has been convicted by a federal jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Greene, Stone and Taney counties. Daniel Patrick Hogan, 47, of Stone County, was found guilty of participating in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine from July 15, 2004, to Sept. 9, 2004. Hogan was also found guilty of possessing with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Oct. 17, 2004, and of distributing methamphetamine on Oct. 17, 2004.
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November 14, 2006

Four KC men indicted for illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - Four Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearms. Today’s indictments are the result of investigations launched under Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.
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Kansas man indicted for crack cocaine
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Kan., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Larry E. Sullivan, 25, of Kansas City, was charged with being in possession of five grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute on June 26, 2006, in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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KC man sentenced to 21 years for illegal firearm
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm. Today’s sentencing was the result of Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative. Shondell E. Ingram, 33, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this morning to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole. Ingram was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior convictions for violent crimes and drug trafficking offenses.
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November 13, 2006

Jury convicts Kansas man for attempting to entice a minor for ilicit sex
KANSAS CITY - A Gardner, Kan., man was convicted by a federal jury today for using the Internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illicit sex and for traveling across the state line to attempt to engage in sexual acts with a minor. Benjamin J. Larue, 27, of Gardner, was found guilty of both charges contained in a federal indictment.
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November 9, 2006

Nevada woman pleads guilty to embezzling $421,000 from furniture company
KANSAS CITY - A Nevada, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling $421,000 from her employer, a furniture manufacturer. Kathleen L. Edwards, 46, of Nevada, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge JohnT. Maughmer this afternoon to the charge contained in a federal information.
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November 8, 2006

Springfield man sentenced in large-scale marijuana conspiracy
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana in Greene and Webster counties. George Dye, 24, of Springfield, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr this morning to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.
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November 6, 2006

Fulton man indicted for child porn
JEFFERSON CITY - A Fulton, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing child pornography. David Matthew McCormick, 20, of Fulton, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. The indictment alleges that McCormick was in possession of child pornography on April 27, 2005.
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Former loan officer, former business owner indicted for $313,000 bank fraud
JEFFERSON CITY - Two Columbia, Mo., men – a former loan officer and a former business owner – were indicted by a federal grand jury today for a bank fraud conspiracy that resulted in a $313,269 loss to Boone National Savings and Loan Association. Brian Russell Nutter, 35, of Columbia, and John T. Sobaski, 42, formerly of Columbia, were charged in a 23-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City. Nutter is a former loan officer for Boone National Savings and Loan Association and, prior to that, Boone County National Bank. Sobaski is the former owner of Big Cedar Custom Design and Fabrication.
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Claycomo man indicted for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Claycomo, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for receiving child pornography over the Internet. Jason Romdall, 27, of Claycomo, was charged in a two-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2006. That indictment was unsealed and made public upon Romdall’s arrest and initial court appearance.
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November 3, 2006

Legal secretary pleads guilty to embezzling $159,000 from clients of KC law firm
KANSAS CITY - A legal secretary employed by the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP pleaded guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $159,000 from clients of the firm. Brenda Sue Moyer, 51, of Raytown, Mo., waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs this morning to a federal information that charges her with bank fraud.
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Florida man pleads guilty to falsifying test results on parts for Peacekeeper nuclear missile
KANSAS CITY - An employee of a Florida aerospace firm pleaded guilty in federal court today to falsifying testing results on components used in Peacekeeper nuclear missiles.
Russell B. Cohen, 48, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to both charges contained in a Nov. 17, 2005, federal indictment. Cohen was the sales manager of M&M International Aerospace Metals, Inc., a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., metal distributor to the aerospace industry.
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Texas man sentenced for possessing 48 kilograms of cocaine
SPRINGFIELD - A Texas man has been sentenced in federal court for possessing with intent to distribute 48 kilograms of cocaine. Lee Roy Garza, 26, of Mercedes, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole.
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Florida business owner pleads guilty to $42 million Lipitor conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Florida business owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a $42 million dollar conspiracy to sell counterfeit, illegally imported and misbranded Lipitor. Michael Allyn Carlow, 52, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to the charge contained in a Dec. 14, 2005, superseding indictment. Carlow also pleaded guilty to related wire fraud charges filed against him the Middle District of Tennessee. Carlow owned and operated G&K Pharma, a company that was used to buy and sell pharmaceutical drugs in the secondary wholesale market.
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November 2, 2006

Cameron, Belton, KC men indicted for illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - Three Cameron, Belton and Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing a firearm. Today’s indictments are part of Project Ceasefire, the district’s ongoing anti-crime initiative.
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Federal prosecutor will monitor election complaints
KANSAS CITY - First Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Whitworth will lead the efforts of his office in the connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day program for the upcoming Nov. 7, 2006 general elections. Whitworth has been appointed to serve as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Missouri, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department headquarters.
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November 1, 2006

Six Eastern Jackson County, Kansas residents indicted for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Six defendants associated with an outlaw motorcycle gang were indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. John R. Sheaffer, also known as Shifty, 60, and Michael A. Clary, 55, both of Independence, Mo., George W. Shook, also known as Crazy George, 56, from Kansas City, Mo., Robert L. Cartwright, 66, and his wife, Ronda L. Cartwright, 51, both of Kansas City, Kan., and Larry D. Williams, also known as Eight Ball, 60, of Wichita, Kan., were charged in a 12-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Lee's Summit man indicted for armed bank robbery
KANSAS CITY - Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for the armed robbery of First Federal Bank in Raytown, Mo. Derrick L. Young, 33, of Lee’s Summit, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Iowa man pleads guilty to two bank robberies in northwest MO
KANSAS CITY - Iowa man pleaded guilty in federal court today to the armed robbery of banks in Tarkio and Craig, Mo. Robert Allen Stark, 40, of Shenandoah, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Dean Whipple this afternoon to the charges contained in a Sept. 26, 2006, federal indictment.
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Texas man pleads guilty to assaulting airport security screener
KANSAS CITY - An El Paso, Texas, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to violating an airport security requirement by striking an airport security screener at Kansas City International Airport with his shoe. Bradford L. Cash, 65, of El Paso, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to the charge contained in a June 7, 2006, federal indictment.
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October 31, 2006

Two Mexican nationals indicted for meth, cocaine
KANSAS CITY - Two Mexican nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. Jose L. Perez, 38, and Jorge Antuna, 22, both citizens of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Mo., were charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Federal inmate indicted for assault with a dangerous weapon
KANSAS CITY - A federal inmate was indicted by a federal grand jury today for assaulting another inmate with a dangerous weapon while awaiting sentencing on an unrelated conviction. Eric Christopher Eymard, also known as Taliban, 25, currently incarcerated in the Federal Processing Center for inmates in Oklahoma City, Okla., was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Mexican national indicted for meth
KANSAS CITY - A Mexican national was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Jose Anders Chavira-Martinez, 29, a Mexican national whose address is unknown, was charged with possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine on Sept. 22, 2006, in Jackson County, Mo., in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Raytown, KC men indicted for illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - A Raytown, Mo., man and three Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in separate and unrelated cases, for illegally possessing firearm.
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Mexican national sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Mexican national was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jesus Cardenas-Celestino, 29, a citizen of Mexico who was residing in Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to 11 years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Cardenas-Celestino to forfeit to the government $81,840 that was seized from his residence by law enforcement officers on May 4, 2005, which constituted the proceeds of and facilitated the drug trafficking conspiracy.
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October 30, 2006

Two more women plead guilty to health care fraud
KANSAS CITY - Independence, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., women pleaded guilty in federal court today to participating in a conspiracy to defraud Health Midwest’s employee health care plan administrator of more than $120,000. Delorise Jean Killiebrew, 49, of Independence, and Sandra Rivers, 34, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs today to the charge contained in a July 18, 2006, federal indictment.
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KC man sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Woodrow T. Newell, 35, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Newell to forfeit to the government $2,112, which was proceeds of drug trafficking.
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KC woman sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal cour today for distributing methamphetamine. Alice M. Maurer, 22, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Dean Whipple this morning to five years in federal prison without parole.
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October 27, 2006

Real estate investor sentenced to12 years for $19 million mortgage fraud
KANSAS CITY - A real estate investor was sentenced in federal court today for orchestrating the largest mortgage fraud scheme ever prosecuted in the Western District of Missouri. Brent Michael Barber, 42, of Belton, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Barber to pay $11,206,419 in restitution to the victims of his mortgage fraud schemes.
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October 25, 2006

Independence man sentenced in oxycontin conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin. Billy J. Thompson, 30, of Independence, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to three years and four months in federal prison without parole.
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Cameron woman sentenced for meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Cameron, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Christina M. Silvey, 29, of Cameron, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole.
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Father indicted for illegal firearms following school shooting
SPRINGFIELD - The father of the student involved in a shooting at Joplin Middle School was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally possessing several firearms. Gregory Lynn White, 44, of Joplin, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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Mexican national indicted for illegal reentry
SPRINGFIELD - A Mexican national was indicted by a federal grand jury today for illegally reentering the United States. Marisol Rivas-Paz, 33, a citizen of Mexico, address unknown, was charged with illegally entering the United States after having been previously deported in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield.
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October 24, 2006

Canadian man sentenced for ecstasy
SPRINGFIELD - A Canadian man was sentenced in federal court for possessing with intent to distribute ecstasy. Jeremy Alan Cyopeck, 24, of Ontario, a citizen of Canada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard E. Dorr on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, to nine years in federal prison without parole.
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Six defendants indicted in meth conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - Six defendants, primarily from the Cameron, Mo., area, were indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. This indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the NITRO Task Force. Lonnie L. Smith, 45, of Buckner, Mo., Jodie A. Sharp, 33, of Gladstone, Mo., Donald G. McIntosh, 41, John P. Noland, 46, and Laurie M. Hahn, 42, all of Cameron, and Kenton E. Houghton, 50, of Kingston, Mo., were charged in a four-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Oct. 19, 2006. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrest and initial court appearance of several defendants.
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KC woman sentenced in Northland ecstasy conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy in Clay County, Mo. Tiffany Ward, 31, of Kansas City-North was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to one year and six months in federal prison without parole.
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Former youth coach pleads guilty to attempting to entice minor for illicit sex
JEFFERSON CITY - A former youth swim coach pleaded guilty in federal court to attempting to entice a minor through the Internet to engage in illicit sexual activity. Jeffrey M. Vernace, 32, of Valley Park, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, to the charge contained in a March 3, 2006, federal indictment. The court has deferred ruling on the plea agreement. Vernace was the head coach for the Clayton Shaw Park Swim Club in Clayton, Mo.
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Jefferson City man pleads guilty to attempting to entice two minors for illicit sex
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to two separate incidents of attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity. Shaun A. Lueckenhoff, 27, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey on Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, to the charge contained in a March 3, 2006, federal indictment. Lueckenhoff also waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to the charge of a second incident of attempting to entice a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, which was contained in a federal information that was filed yesterday. The court has deferred ruling on the plea agreements.
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October 23, 2006

Kentucky man sentenced in meth conspiracy
JEFFERSON CITY - A Kentucky man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Callaway County, Mo. Joseph Calvin Seidl, 40, of Kentucky (address unknown), was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to 15 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Seidl to forfeit to the government $13,534 that was seized by law enforcement officers at the time of his arrest.
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Florida man sentenced in fake Lipitor conspiracy
KANSAS CITY - A Miami, Fla., man was sentenced in federal court today for his pivotal role in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to sell counterfeit, illegally imported and misbranded Lipitor and other drugs. Julio Cesar Cruz, 43, a citizen of Cuba who was residing in Miami, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this morning to 13 years and six months in federal prison without parole.
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October 19, 2006

KC man indicted for cocaine
KANSAS CITY - A Kansas City, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Leonard Evans, 29, of Kansas City, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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October 18 , 2006

Former bank employee indicted for theft
KANSAS CITY - A former employee was indicted by a federal grand jury today for stealing from a Northland facility of Bank of America. Kandice M. Enfield, 45, of Blue Springs, Mo., was charged with bank larceny in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Pharmaceutical distributor pleads guilty to selling counterfeit drugs
KANSAS CITY - The owner of a Kansas City, Mo., pharmaceutical distribution company pleaded guilty in federal court today to selling counterfeit and misbranded drugs. Douglas C. Albers, 55, of Leawood, Kan., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith this afternoon to the charges contained in a Dec. 14, 2005, superseding indictment. Albers – the owner of Albers Medical Distributors, Inc., a Kansas City firm engaged in the distribution of pharmaceuticals in the secondary wholesale market – also agreed to pay a $500,000 civil forfeiture and to surrender his pharmacy licenses in Missouri and Kansas. Albers also agreed that no action will be taken by himself or Albers Medical Distributors to discharge or extinguish in bankruptcy any judgment entered or settlement agreement reached in numerous civil actions that have been filed in various state and federal courts related to this matter.
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October 17 , 2006

Former case manager indicted for fraud
KANSAS CITY - A former case worker for United Services Community Action Agency was indicted by a federal grand jury today for stealing $24,000 from a program that provides emergency shelter to homeless persons. Sharon L. Johnson, 57, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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Independence man indicted for crack, illegal firearms
KANSAS CITY - An Independence, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing crack cocaine and several firearms. Anthony K. Winn, 40, of Independence, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
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October 13 , 2006

Springfield man charged with wearing Marine Corps uniform, medals
SPRINGFIELD - A Springfield, Mo., man charged with wearing a U.S. Marine Corps uniform and medals without authorization was in federal court today for an initial appearance. Michael Paul Bramlett, 34, of Springfield, appeared before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning on a two-count federal information that was filed on June 23, 2006. The information charges Bramlett with wearing a Marine Corps uniform and with wearing decorations, medals, badges and ribbons of the armed forces without authorization from Dec. 8 to 13, 2005. Bramlett served in the Navy for three months in 1989, but has never served in the Marine Corps.
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October 12 , 2006

Father charged with illegal firearms following school shooting
SPRINGFIELD - The father of the student involved in a shooting at Joplin Middle School has been charged in federal court with illegally possessing several firearms. Gregory Lynn White, 44, of Joplin, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms in a federal criminal complaint filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. That complaint was unsealed and made public today upon White’s arrest and initial court appearance. White is the father of the Joplin Middle School student who was taken into custody after allegedly firing one shot into the school’s ceiling and allegedly attempting to shoot school officials with a Norinco semi-automatic assault rifle on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.
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October 11 , 2006

Mortgage company employees sentenced in multi-million dollar fraud
KANSAS CITY - Three mortgage company employees were sentenced today for their role in a property flipping scheme and mortgage fraud that involved nearly 300 fraudulent loans worth almost $20 million. Roderick Neil Criss, 35, of Kansas City, formerly the branch manager at Ameriquest Mortgage in Gladstone, Mo., and president of Express Mortgage, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Fernando J. Gaitan this morning to three years and one month in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Criss to pay $4,553,188 in restitution. Cauncey Calvert , 36, of Kansas City, formerly an account executive at Ameriquest Mortgage, Express Mortgage and Mid Capital Mortgage, was sentenced to one year and six months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Calvert to pay $9,146,578 in restitution. Robert Dale Beckley, 34, of Kansas City, formerly an employee of Express Mortgage and Mid Capital Mortgage, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Beckley to pay $7,988,077 in restitution.
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Former police sergeant sentenced for child porn, enticing a minor for sex
KANSAS CITY - A former sergeant with the Richmond, Mo., Police Department was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography over the Internet and using the Internet to entice a child to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Rick E. Enss, 42, of Norborne, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott O. Wright this afternoon to 20 years in federal prison without parole, followed by supervised release for the rest of his life. The court also ordered Enss to forfeit his interest in a house, his retirement account and two vehicles as well as 50 percent of his income for the rest of his life in order to provide restitution to his victims.
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October 10, 2006

U.S. Attorneys announce Project Safe Childhood
KANSAS CITY - U.S. Attorney Bradley J. Schlozman of the Western District of Missouri was joined by U.S. Attorney Catharine Hanaway of the Eastern District of Missouri to launch the new Project Safe Childhood initiative during a tour of the state that included seven press conferences.
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October 5 , 2006

Lee's Summit man indicted for child porn
KANSAS CITY - A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to distributing child pornography over the Internet. James Curtis Wilson, 39, of Lee’s Summit, was charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2006. That indictment was unsealed and made public today upon Wilson’s arrest and initial court appearance.
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Vertical Group employee pleads guilty to obstruction of justice
JEFFERSON CITY - an employee of Vertical Group in Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to obstruction of justice. Bud Allen Wofford, 38, of New Bloomfield, Mo., waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this afternoon to obstruction of justice.
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October 3 , 2006

Dept. of Justice awards $900,000 to Hope House, Independence Police Dept.
KANSAS CITY - The Department of Justice has awarded grants of $450,000 each to Hope House and the Independence, Mo., Police Department as part of a national initiative to combat human trafficking.
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October 2 , 2006

Columbia strip club owner pleads guilty to $177,000 tax evasion
JEFFERSON CITY - The owner of Club Vogue, a strip club in Columbia, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to tax evasion. James Andrew Yeager, 36, of Columbia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey this morning to all the charges contained in an April 5, 2006, federal indictment. Yeager was the owner of JR Entertainment, which did business under the name Club Vogue, located at 912 Business Loop 70 East in Columbia.
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Updated February 11, 2015

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