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Missouri man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website indicted on child sexual exploitation charges

A Missouri, man who contacted hundreds of children through a teen dating website was indicted by a federal grand jury on child sexual exploitation charges. Kody Ryan Kelso, 30, Springfield, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. The superseding indictment replaces the original indictment that was […]

Audio: Trafficking investigation of Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri

The investigation into alleged sex and labor trafficking by a Philippines-based church indicates there could be victims in Missouri.     Administrators at the Kingdom of Jesus Christ are accused of coercing girls and women to have sex with their church leader under threats of “eternal damnation.” The federal indictment alleges they brought church members […]

Child Exploitation

Man from Missouri indicted for sexual exploitation of three children

A Missouri, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the sexual exploitation of three child victims. Jake Ethan Patterson, 26, Rogersville, was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, November 17. The federal indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Patterson […]

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Missouri man who operates non-profit agency indicted for falsely claiming to hire ex-cons

 A Missouri man who operates a non-profit agency has been indicted by a federal grand jury for falsely claiming to employ convicted felons who were on federal court-supervised release. Michael A. Green, 50, Kansas City, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 17. […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri man pleads guilty to robbing a family and business at gunpoint

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was charged in two separate federal indictments pleaded guilty in federal court to the armed robberies of a local business and a family in their residence. Chase M. Murphy, 20, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to two counts of robbery and one count of using a […]

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Jury convicts two Mexican nationals, living in Kansas City, of distributing 220 pounds of meth

Two Mexican nationals have been convicted by a federal trial jury for their roles in a $2.1 million conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms (220 lbs) of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in northwest Missouri. Juan Guzman, also known as “Flaco,” 40, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Maria De La Cruz Nava, […]

Cocaine

Seven Missouri residents indicted by federal grand jury for their roles to distribute cocaine

 Seven residents of Missouri have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Irfan Causevic, also known as “Jonny,” 37, a citizen of Bosnia, Christopher C. Oregel, 29, Nicholas Carrillo, also known as “Nicco,” 32, Admir Suljic, also known as “Babo,” 34, and Augustine Charles Aviles, also […]

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Man from California indicted for smuggling nearly eight pounds of fentanyl aboard bus in Kansas City

A man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after smuggling nearly eight pounds of fentanyl aboard a bus traveling through Kansas City, Missouri. Jonatan Gutierrez, 28, of San Diego, California, was charged with possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., […]

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Three Missouri residents indicted for using identities of deceased people to file hundreds of COVID relief claims

Three Missouri residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to use the identities of deceased people to file hundreds of false stimulus claims under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Warren W. Watkins, 39, and Marissia Jackson, 25, both of Kansas City, Mo., and Lamar K. Johnson, […]

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Audio: A Missouri National Guardsman has been indicted, accused of plotting to steal and sell military gear.

A Missouri Army National Guardsman and two owners of an Illinois scrap metal company have been indicted for allegedly plotting to steal and eventually sell military gear.     A federal grand jury in East St. Louis returned the indictment on Wednesday against three men subcontracting for the US Department of Defense including 47-year-old Brandon […]

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Audio: Missouri legislator’s federal court trial delayed

A Missouri State Representative’s federal court trial has been moved to June 2022.     The trial for Nixa Republican Tricia Derges was scheduled to begin Monday at a federal courthouse in southwest Missouri’s Springfield. Don Ledford, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri, says a witness suffered a stroke and […]

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Missouri man indicted on federal hate crime and firearm charges

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, returned a two-count indictment charging a Missouri man with hate crime and firearm violations for shooting a teenager with the intent to kill because of the victim’s sexual orientation. According to court documents, Malachi Robinson, 25, is charged with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. […]

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Las Vegas man indicted in Missouri for carrying eight pounds of meth aboard bus

 A Las Vegas, Nevada, man was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing more than eight pounds of methamphetamine in his duffel bag aboard a bus passing through Kansas City, Missouri. Reginald S. Thomas Sr., 52, was charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in an indictment returned by a federal grand […]

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Four MS-13 gang members indicted for 10 murders, kidnapping and racketeering charges

Four alleged members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) have been charged in a federal superseding indictment with a racketeering conspiracy involving multiple murders, kidnappings, and burglaries, as well as drug trafficking. The individuals charged in the superseding indictment are: Luis Reynaldo Reyes-Castillo, 27, aka Molesto; David Arturo Perez-Manchame, 22, aka Herbi, aka Walter Melendez; Joel […]

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Audio: Missouri legislator scheduled to go on trial soon in two alleged fraud schemes

A Missouri legislator is scheduled to go on trial soon in two alleged fraud schemes.     Nixa State Representative Tricia Derges is scheduled to go on trial beginning August 16 for 23 felony counts. Last March, a federal grand jury indictment alleges Derges fraudulently received about $300,000 in federal coronavirus aid for nonprofit medical […]