Putnam County Hospital 2019

Audio: Former CEO at Putnam County Memorial Hospital Pleads Guilty to $114 million billing scheme

A former executive of a northern Missouri hospital pleaded guilty in federal court in Florida to a $114 million pass-through billing scheme. The Justice Department in Washington says former Putnam County Memorial Hospital chief executive officer David Lane Byrns pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Byrns pleaded […]

Prison Sentence

Audio: Northwest Missouri farmer sentenced to prison in “Field of Schemes” grain fraud case

A northwest Missouri farmer is heading to federal prison after being sentenced for his role in the largest organic fraud scheme in American history.     Federal prosecutors in Iowa have announced that 52-year-old John Burton of Clarksdale has been sentenced to 22 months in federal prison, for his role in the 142-million dollar scheme, […]

Dog with empty food bowl

Texas manager pleads guilty in Missouri to pet food fraud, company pays $4.5 million restitution

The manager of a Wilbur-Ellis Company processing facility in Texas pleaded guilty in federal court 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 Judge […]

Phone Scam

Audio: Attorney General Eric Schmitt warns Missouri seniors about scams

Missouri’s attorney general warns that scams targeting seniors are increasing, including the “IRS scam” and sweepstakes scams. Eric Schmitt spoke to dozens of seniors Wednesday (yesterday) at a Jefferson City retirement community, urging them to be on the lookout.     Schmitt urges seniors and other Missourians to report these scams to his office’s Consumer […]

Livingston County Sheriff Car

Livingston County fugitive investigation nets three arrests

A lead on a fugitive investigation in the 200 block of Gale Street led to the arrest of three individuals by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Steve Cox reports 21-year-old Kennadie Nicole Stottlemyre of Chillicothe was arrested on a Livingston County warrant for alleged felony possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine, and 29-year-old Alicia Marie […]