Former Overland Park CPA ordered to pay costs of his imprisonment

A former CPA with an accounting firm in Overland Park, Kansas, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in jail and ordered to pay the cost of his imprisonment, which was estimated at $34,000, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

In addition, Robert M. Purinton, 70, of Fountain Hills, Arizona, was ordered to pay $106,055 in restitution for unpaid taxes.

Purinton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, to one count of making a false statement on his 2009 income tax return by under-reporting his income. He agreed to make restitution for taxes owed in 2009 and 2010.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton for their work on the case.

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Missouri man sentenced for bank robbery in Overland Park

A Kansas City, Missouri, man who used his smart phone to pass a note to a teller was sentenced Tuesday to 37 months in federal prison for robbing a bank, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Ryan Michael Cothern, 41, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to committing a robbery Oct. 3, 2017, at US Bank at 9900 W. 87th St. in Overland Park, Kansas.

Prosecutors said Cothern handed a teller his cell phone with a message that read, “Put the 100s, 50s and 20s in the bag.” When the teller hesitated, Cothern said, “Don’t do anything you shouldn’t do.” The teller put cash and a GPS monitoring device in the bag before pulling the alarm. Cothern was arrested near the 8300 block of Melrose Street.

McAllister commended the Overland Park Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.

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Kansas City, Mo., woman pleads guilty in drug case

A Kansas City, Missouri, woman pleaded guilty today to selling heroin that caused a user’s near-fatal overdose, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Loretta Gilliard, 34, Kansas City, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

The investigation began when a user from Overland Park, Kansas, bought heroin from Gilliard and then overdosed and lost consciousness. Emergency medical technicians responded and saved the user’s life by administering an opioid reversing agent called Narcan.

Investigators learned that Gilliard had sold heroin to the user more than 100 times, usually two to four times a week. Investigators made controlled buys from Gilliard.

Sentencing will be set for a later date. Both parties have agreed to recommend 84 months in federal prison. McAllister commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania for their work on the case.

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