In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, 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.
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.
In an almost unprecedented public airing, the chief federal prosecutors for both Missouri and Kansas have warned about outcomes they expect if law enforcement budget cuts continue into the next fiscal year.
Tammy Dickinson for the Western District of Missouri, which includes Kansas City, said job furloughs and tightened budgets will hamper the fight against crime.
Dickinson said a little realized consequence is that reducing staff will actually cut federal income, because fewer staff won’t be able to try cases that bring in multi-millions of dollars.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contacted Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week saying that a Kansas gun law barring federal regulation on Kansas-manufactured firearms is unconstitutional.
The Second Amendment Protection Act criminalizes the enforcement of federal laws on any guns that are made in Kansas and stay there. But, in a letter to the governor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that this is in direct conflict with federal law.