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17 defendants indicted for $10 million conspiracy to distribute 1,000 kilos of methamphetamine

A total of 17 defendants, primarily from the Kansas City metropolitan area, have been indicted for their roles in a nearly $10 million conspiracy to distribute almost 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine. Fahrudin F. Fejzic, also known as “Frank,” 48, Steven M. Lyons, also known as “Pops,” 60, Shelly Marie Exton, 38, Mary L. Corona, 38, […]

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Grand jury in Missouri indicts former priest on sodomy charges

A retired Roman Catholic priest from southern Missouri has now been indicted by a grand jury in southeast Missouri’s Stoddard County, for alleged sexual abuse of minors. The grand jury has indicted 76-year-old Frederick Joseph Lutz on two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of deviate sexual assault. This is a superseding indictment, which […]

Cocaine

California man indicted for carrying two kilos of cocaine aboard train traveling through Missouri

A Sacramento, California, man was indicted by a federal grand jury for carrying more than two kilograms of cocaine aboard a train traveling through Kansas City. Eduardo Fernando Orozco-Lizaola, 22, was charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s indictment replaces […]

Charges added to heroin/fentanyl conspiracy involving 21 defendants

Additional charges and more defendants have been added to two federal indictments that now charge a total of 21 defendants for their roles in separate conspiracies to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Springfield, Missouri, area, resulting in the overdose deaths of at least two people. Most of the defendants were arrested in a coordinated […]

Guilty Plea

Missouri business owner pleads guilty to evading $300,000 in employment taxes

An Ozark, Missouri, man has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to pay more than $300,000 in employment taxes for his businesses in Springfield. John P. Hardwick, 51, waived his right to an indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to a federal information that charges him with attempting to […]

Fraud

Six employees in Missouri plead guilty to $58,000 overtime pay fraud scheme

Six employees of the Kansas City, Missouri, public works department have pleaded guilty to their roles in a nearly three-year-long conspiracy to collect $58,000 in fraudulent overtime pay. Prentis M. Rayford, 37, Eric McKamey, 47, and Edward Lee Ellingburg, 48, all of Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty today in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge […]

Indictment

Eleven Missouri residents indicted for $1.7 million meth, heroin conspiracy and numerous firearms

Eleven defendants have been indicted for their roles in a $1.7 million conspiracy to distribute 150 kilograms of methamphetamine and 10 kilograms of heroin, as well as illegally possessing numerous firearms. Kamel Mahgub Elburki, 31, Ashley Brooke Clevenger, 37, Edward Jason Alberty Jr., 23, Rachel Gale Simpson, 36, Daniel Jessie Ruiz, 35, and Matthew John […]

Drug Trafficking

Additional charges filed against former Kansas City Chiefs player, more defendants in drug-trafficking conspiracy

Additional charges have been filed against a former Kansas City Chiefs football player and eight co-defendants for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that operated primarily in Eastern Jackson County. Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., also known as “Junior,” 41, of Independence, Missouri, was charged in a nine-count superseding indictment returned under seal by a federal […]