Yoder’s Third District Job Fair this afternoon in Overland Park

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Third Dist., will hold his 10th job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 24, at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas.

The job fair is held in cooperation with Workforce Partnership. The first hour of the job fair will have special attention for veterans.

The job fair will help bring about face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and employers who are currently hiring.

The job fair will focus on jobs available in manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, information technology and industrial technology.

Workforce Partnership and Kansas Department of Commerce staff will be available to discuss opportunities for training with certifications, paid on-the-job training and registered apprenticeships. Resume workshops will be available.

Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. The job fair is free and no registration is required. There is no cost for employers, who may email area3@workforcepartnership.com.

The job fair is at Regnier Center, Capitol Federal Conference Room, JCCC, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas.


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.


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.