U.S. Attorney for Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson http://kcur.org en Federal Authorities Ask For Help In Protecting Consumers From Fraud http://kcur.org/post/federal-authorities-ask-help-protecting-consumers-fraud <p></p><p>In recognition of <a href="https://www.ncpw.gov/">National Consumer Protection Week</a>, postal inspectors and U.S. Attorneys from Western Missouri and Kansas are asking the public for help fighting sweepstakes scams. According to prosecutors Tammy Dickinson and Barry Grissom, most are operating from outside the United States.</p><p></p><p>Many of the lottery winning schemes mail impressive looking certificates. Tom Noyes of the postal inspection service in Kansas City says most gullible victims are elderly and will often send up front money to con artists.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:11:35 +0000 Dan Verbeck 52255 at http://kcur.org Federal Authorities Ask For Help In Protecting Consumers From Fraud Al-Qaida Fund Donor Sentenced In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/al-qaida-fund-donor-sentenced-kansas-city <p></p><p>A Kansas City man who sympathized with Al-Qaida enough to send financial support has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.</p><p>Stockily built in an orange jail uniform, Khalid Ouazzani grew weak-kneed standing before Judge Howard Sachs and was briefly supported by a deputy U.S. Marshall.</p><p>Ouazzani had sent the U.S. District Judge an eight page typed letter of apology, professing self-disgust, saying he is not anti-American.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:07:11 +0000 Dan Verbeck 44841 at http://kcur.org Prison For Three In Hereford House Arson http://kcur.org/post/prison-three-hereford-house-arson <p></p><p>Three Kansas City men convicted in the 2008 arson-destruction of the popular Hereford House restaurant have 14 days to appeal their sentences. The terms range from 15 to 20 years.</p><p>Fifteen years are ordered for landmark-restaurant owner Rod Anderson, depicted at trial as suffering in the throes of financial failure and desperate for the fire insurance money.</p><p></p><p>There was trial evidence Anderson had tapped his children’s trust funds and his mother’s IRA, trying&nbsp; without success to stave off bankruptcy.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 23:48:21 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43366 at http://kcur.org Prison For Three In Hereford House Arson Indictment Bumper Crop Makes Record In KC Federal Court http://kcur.org/post/indictment-bumper-crop-makes-record-kc-federal-court <p>Kansas City’s anti-crime NOVA program was shifted into a higher gear today as federal&nbsp; prosecutors&nbsp; took charge of 61 grand jury indictments. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:51:07 +0000 Dan Verbeck 36559 at http://kcur.org Indictment Bumper Crop Makes Record In KC Federal Court Arm Of Kansas City Law May Wear A Federal Badge http://kcur.org/post/arm-kansas-city-law-may-wear-federal-badge <p>Kansas City’s fledgling “No Violence Alliance” will be getting an assist from an arena generally more feared by criminals than the local “law.” Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:13:37 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34532 at http://kcur.org Arm Of Kansas City Law May Wear A Federal Badge Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-murder-burst-contrasted-new-crime-fight-job <p>Kansas City’s newest program to fight violent crime began today, aided by UMKC researchers, state and federal prosecutors, police and others.&nbsp; The launch coincided with a chilling set of deaths.</p><p>A fresh double-homicide in south-side Kansas City had detectives going to work, one&nbsp; hour before top crime fighters were gathering to describe the program, initially announced in May of 2012.</p><p>There had been 6 murders in the preceding 48 hours.</p><p>Into the mix comes the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or KC NoVA.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:34:07 +0000 Dan Verbeck 31204 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job