fraud http://kcur.org en Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty http://kcur.org/post/grandview-mayor-pleads-guilty <p>Former Grandview Mayor Stephen Dennis, who resigned without explanation last January, has plead guilty to wire fraud. The former mayor admitted Tuesday that he improperly used two checks worth $35,000.</p><p>In the second half of Wednesday's <em><a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a>,&nbsp;</em>41 Action News reporter <strong>Ryan Kath</strong>, who broke the story last month, joins us to discuss&nbsp;this turn of events and what it means for local politics.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:09:57 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 51170 at http://kcur.org Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty Former Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud http://kcur.org/post/former-grandview-mayor-pleads-guilty-wire-fraud <p></p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:.2in;margin-left:0in; line-height:15.75pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">The former mayor of Grandview, Mo., pleaded guilty to wire fraud at U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:59:51 +0000 Dan Verbeck 51137 at http://kcur.org Former Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud Thieves Use Aluminum Foil To Scam Businesses http://kcur.org/post/thieves-use-aluminum-foil-scam-businesses <p>Businesses in Kansas City are targets of a fraud game that keeps credit card purchases from going through while the merchant&nbsp; thinks they have.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Police says the scam involves using aluminum foil to cover the satellite dish used to transmit credit card transactions.</p><p></p><p>Fraud squad Sergeant Rob Rickett said the foil fools the&nbsp; computer system into thinking transactions are being recorded.&nbsp; He says the people wrapping the satellites in foil may only be part of the problem.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:34:48 +0000 Dan Verbeck 44123 at http://kcur.org Thieves Use Aluminum Foil To Scam Businesses Senior Citizens Targeted for 'Medical Alert' Fraud http://kcur.org/post/senior-citizens-targeted-medical-alert-fraud <p>An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme.&nbsp; The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift.&nbsp; Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:10:07 +0000 Bryan Thompson 39625 at http://kcur.org KC Area Public Workers Named In Wellness Fraud Indictments http://kcur.org/post/kc-area-public-workers-named-wellness-fraud-indictments <p>A federal indictment alleges seven Kansas City area public employees used a novel approach to defrauding a wellness program promoted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BCBSKC).</p><p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 22:56:53 +0000 Dan Verbeck 28994 at http://kcur.org KC Area Public Workers Named In Wellness Fraud Indictments Accused Facebook Stock Scammer Vanishes http://kcur.org/post/accused-facebook-stock-scammer-vanishes <p>Arrest warrants are in force for an Overland Park, Kan. man who allegedly had considerable success scamming banks and intended investors in Facebook shares.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:39:06 +0000 Dan Verbeck 18203 at http://kcur.org Accused Facebook Stock Scammer Vanishes Ex-Career College Admin To Prison http://kcur.org/post/ex-career-college-admin-prison <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c1f9522548f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c1f9522548f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c1f9522548f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-898117.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – A former director of a Kansas City college has been ordered to pay more than a third of a million dollars restitution and spend a year in federal prison without chance of parole.</p> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 21:58:01 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6559 at http://kcur.org