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Federal Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 14 items )  

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Odom, L.)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Lloyd B. Odom, 19, of Odessa, Missouri, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 12, 2019. (This identification was initially published Sept. 18, 2019.) In late 1950, Odom was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat  more

DOD: Medal of Honor Monday - Army Pfc. Richard G. Wilson
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news story: Military medics are serious about taking care of their fellow service members in battle, often risking their own lives to do that difficult job. Army Pfc. Richard G. Wilson was one of those men who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save another during the Korean War. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Wilson was born in Marion, Illinois, on Aug. 19, 1931. His family moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, when   more

FHLBank Topeka Approves 2019 Affordable Housing Grants
TOPEKA, Kansas, Oct. 22 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news: FHLBank Topeka approved $12.13 million in affordable housing grants nationwide. The grants will fund 15 projects through FHLBank Topeka's Affordable Housing Program (AHP). This year, FHLBank Topeka received 69 applications for AHP grants with requests for over $45.6 million to fund projects in the FHLBank four-state district (Colorado, Kansas, Nebrask  more

Kansas City District Delivers Over $1 Billion in Project Awards for Fiscal Year '19 Benefitting the Heartland Region
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District wrapped up final contract awards for fiscal year 2019, the team took a moment to reflect on a few major accomplishments and how they tie into the district mission and benefit the Heartland region. The district awarded 1,501 contracts worth $1.028 billion in fiscal year 2019. "This has been an excellent, but challenging year for the Kan  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Business Owner Sentenced for False Tax Return
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 25 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: A Paola, Kansas, man has been sentenced in federal court for filing a false tax return. Steven J. Strauss, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays on Wednesday, Oct. 23, to two years and four months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Strauss to pay $684,792 in restitution to the government. Strauss, who owns and operates Cla  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Former KC Business Owner Sentenced for Tax Crime
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 23 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: The former owner of a Kansas City, Missouri, business was sentenced in federal court today for obstructing the government's effort to collect more than $378,000 in taxes owed. Barrett Prelogar, 48, of Leawood, Kansas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 18 months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Prelogar to pay $2  more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: Jefferson City Woman Sentenced for Embezzling $65,000 From Employer
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, Oct. 23 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: A Jefferson City, Missouri, woman has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling more than $65,000 from her employer. Laura Lynn Winge, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Winge to pay $65,531 in restitution. On Feb. 21, 2019,   more

Mo. U.S. Attorney: More Than $900,000 Awarded to Local Schools to Address Violence
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 21 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tim Garrison, issued the following news release: More than $900,000 in grants have been awarded to schools in the Western District of Missouri to bolster school security - including funding to educate and train students and faculty and to support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident. "Our kids' schools should be safe environments where they can focus on l  more

Separated, Not Detached: 20th Attack Squadron Airmen Critical to Mission
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri, Oct. 19 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: The 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing is based out of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, however, its Airmen and their contributions to the MQ-9 Reaper mission are not bound to one installation. There are some operational squadrons that organizationally fall under the 432nd Wing but aren't physically located on the same base. The 20th Attack Squadron, a unit under the 25th Attack Group, is one of   more

Texas Manager Pleads Guilty to Pet Food Fraud, Company Pays $4.5 Million Restitution
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct. 24 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri issued the following news release: The manager of a Wilbur-Ellis Company processing facility in Texas pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a multi-million dollar conspiracy to sell adulterated ingredients to pet food manufacturers, for which the company has already paid more than $4.5 million in restitution. William Douglas Haning, 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District  more

U.S. Commerce Department Announces $13 Million to Support U.S. Manufacturers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced $13 million in U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grants to support 11 Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs) that help manufacturers affected by imports adjust to increasing global competition and to create jobs. The TAACs, which each service multiple states, are located in California, Colorado,   more

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests in Critical Railroad Infrastructure Needed to Serve Businesses in Missouri Opportunity Zone
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.5 million grant to the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority of Scott City, Missouri, to make infrastructure improvements. The grant, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act designated Opportunity Zone, will be matched with $382  more

U.S. Department of Labor Investigation Results in Missouri Health Care Facility Paying $42,696 in Back Wages
FLORISSANT, Missouri, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued the following news release: After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Helia Healthcare - doing business as Pillars of North County - has agreed to pay $42,696 in back wages to 99 current and former nursing staff employed at the long-term care facility in Florissant, Missouri. WHD investigators found violations of the overtime and recordkeeping requirements of  more

USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Missouri Farmers
COLUMBIA, Missouri, Oct. 23 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency - Missouri Field Office issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Missouri is processing $95,998,402 in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments for the 2018 crop year. Additionally, Missouri FSA will distribute $98,582,386 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners to support voluntary conservat  more