Heartland Health Monitor
4:51 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

KCK Home Health Provider Convicted Of Medicaid Fraud

A Kansas City, Kan., home health attendant has been convicted in a federal case based on fraudulent Medicaid billing practices.

Doris Betts, 55, pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court. Her conviction was announced Tuesday by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, whose office is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate home health care fraud in Kansas.

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Up To Date
11:09 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty

Former Grandview Mayor Stephen Dennis plead guilty to wire fraud after FBI and local news investigations uncovered misuse of $35,000 in charity funds.

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 Date41 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.


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4:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Former Grandview Mayor Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

Former Grandview mayor Stephen Dennis.

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.

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Cops & Crime
9:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Thieves Use Aluminum Foil To Scam Businesses

thieves use foil to cover satellite transceiver, deceiving credit card sales.
Credit kcmo pd

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.

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7:10 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Senior Citizens Targeted for 'Medical Alert' Fraud

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. 

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4:56 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

KC Area Public Workers Named In Wellness Fraud Indictments

Sealed federal indictment papers were opened after some arrests.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

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).

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Cops & Crime
5:39 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Accused Facebook Stock Scammer Vanishes

Ronald Catrell is named in arrest warrants.

Arrest warrants are in force for an Overland Park, Kan. man who allegedly had considerable success scamming banks and intended investors in Facebook shares. 

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4:58 pm
Fri April 23, 2010

Ex-Career College Admin To Prison

Kansas City, Mo. – A former director of a Kansas City's 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.

It was a plea of guilt to conspiracy to fraudulently take federal student grants and loans for ineligible students at Vatterott College in 2005 and 2006.

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