Bonner Springs police seek help to locate robbery suspect

James A. Vaughan

The Bonner Springs Police Department has requested and obtained an arrest warrant for James A. Vaughan as a suspect in the aggravated robbery March 15 of Advance America, 609 Tulip, Bonner Springs.

Bonner Springs police are asking the public’s help in locating Vaughan. The public is asked not to attempt to apprehend him as in the past he has been known to carry a firearm.

Persons with information may call 911, the Tips hotline at 816-474-TIPS or the Bonner Springs Police Department at 913-596-3000.

KCK tax preparer indicted on charges of preparing false tax returns

A tax preparer in Kansas City, Kan., was indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges of preparing false tax returns, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ahferom Goitom, 34, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with fourteen counts of preparing false tax returns.

The indictment alleges that Goitom was a professional tax return preparer who worked in Kansas City, Kan., and was the manager of a franchise business that prepares tax returns.

He used commercial tax preparation software at the business to file returns electronically with the Internal Revenue Service.

He prepared at least 34 Form 1040s containing false and fraudulent education credits, charitable deductions, medical and dental expenses, home mortgage interest deductions, gross receipts for a sole proprietorship business, expenses for a sole proprietorship business and deductions for rental real estate.

For example, count one of the indictment alleges Goitom filed a return for a taxpayer in calendar year 2009 claiming medical and dental expenses of $5,050; gifts to charity of $8,200; and job expenses and miscellaneous deductions of $5,821. He knew that the taxpayer was entitled to claim medical and dental expenses of only $226, gifts to charity of approximately $2,000 and no job expenses or other miscellaneous deductions, according to the indictment.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Internal Revenue Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

Other indictments by the grand jury include:

–  Lamar Lynch, 41, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with 13 counts of stealing government funds by filing false and fraudulent federal income tax returns and nine counts of aggravated identity theft.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in the state of Kansas. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of filing a false tax return, and a penalty of not less than two years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of aggravated identity theft.

The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Secret Service and Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

–  Randy A. Cornelius, 21, Kansas City, Mo., Allen J. Williams, 23, Kansas City, Mo., and Alvin J. Williams, 23, Kansas City, Mo., have been indicted on bank robbery and federal firearms charges.

A federal criminal complaint filed Feb. 28 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., charged each of the defendants with one count of bank robbery in the Feb. 27, 2014, robbery of Inter-State Federal Savings at 8620 Metcalf in Overland Park, Kan.

Today’s indictment adds a charge against each defendant of using a firearm during the robbery.

In addition, Allen J. Williams is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge, and a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of using a firearm in the robbery.

In addition, the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The Overland Park Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

–  Jose Angel Aquilera-Franco, 20, Bonner Springs, Kan., and Darin Glassburn, 44, are charged in a second superseding indictment with one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The crime is alleged to have occurred Dec. 5, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan.

In addition, Aguilera-Franco is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of St. Peter’s Catholic School in Kansas City, Kan., one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of dealing in firearms without a federal license.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

  • Distributing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school: A maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million.
  • Distributing methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million.
  • Dealing in firearms without a license: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Attempted possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine: Not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting.

Candidate says court ruling today to create separate and unequal voting in Kansas

Jean Schodorf, running for the Democratic nomination for Kansas secretary of state, today said a court ruling on proof of citizenship on election forms would create “separate and unequal” voting in Kansas.

Schodorf is running for the office currently occupied by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

She issued a statement today: “I am appalled by Judge Melgren’s ruling today,” Schodorf said.  “The federal voter registration form did not create a loophole to Kobach’s proof of citizenship requirements, it ensured that Kansans are able to vote in all elections, federal, state and local. Under Kobach’s two-tier voting scheme, some Kansans will be able to vote in all elections, while others will be unable to vote in their state and local elections, which would block their voice from key issues such as education and property taxes.

“Kobach’s war on voting must stop,” Schodorf said. “The federal voter registration form includes an affidavit that prospective voters must sign swearing they are citizens. This form is a legal document, and if you lie on a legal document, you go to jail. Kris Kobach should be focused on running the Kansas Secretary of State’s office so our business owners and entrepreneurs can create more jobs in Kansas, instead of focusing on his personal agenda.

“As secretary of state, I will work each and every day to protect all Kansas voters and our hard won democratic freedoms,” she said. “Kansans will not tolerate a system of separate and unequal voting. As I travel the state, I keep hearing my fellow Kansans say they are embarrassed. I don’t want my neighbors to be embarrassed anymore.”

Kobach, in a news release today, said there will be no need now for a dual election system.

“This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona. They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering to vote,” Kobach said in a news release. “We have now paved the way for all 50 states to protect their voter rolls and ensure that only U.S. citizens can vote.”

The lawsuit against the EAC was brought seven months ago by the states of Kansas and Arizona and their secretaries of state. It asked the federal court to force the EAC modify the Kansas-specific and Arizona-specific instructions on the federal voter registration form to make it clear that applications will not be complete without submitting concrete evidence of citizenship.

“Because of this victory there will be no need for a dual election system,” Kobach said in the news release. “Otherwise we would have been stuck with a federal-elections-only ballot for those very few who used the federal form to register and failed to provide a citizenship document.”

See earlier story, http://wyandottedaily.com/kobach-wins-lawsuit-over-proof-of-citizenship-question-on-election-forms/.