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.
In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, 41 Action News reporter Ryan Kath, who broke the story last month, joins us to discuss this turn of events and what it means for local politics.
The former mayor of Grandview, Mo., pleaded guilty to wire fraud at U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday.
Stephen Dennis’ voice rarely rose above a whisper as he told District Judge Howard Sachs he is guilty of taking two checks worth $35,000 from the International House Of Prayer for an illegal charity he’d set up. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Attorney, Dennis stipulated he used the money for himself and family. The organization was purported to be raising money for the poor and elderly in Grandview, Mo.
Businesses in Kansas City are targets of a fraud game that keeps credit card purchases from going through while the merchant thinks they have.
Police says the scam involves using aluminum foil to cover the satellite dish used to transmit credit card transactions.
Fraud squad Sergeant Rob Rickett said the foil fools the computer system into thinking transactions are being recorded. He says the people wrapping the satellites in foil may only be part of the problem.
An on-going scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.
The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. The pre-recorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.