Archive for Overland Park

Indictment: Scam targeted homeowners facing foreclosure

A Missouri man is set to appear in federal court here Monday on charges he and his accomplices scammed desperate homeowners with false promises to help them save their homes, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

A federal indictment alleges the defendants used the U.S. Postal Service and the Internet to target victims with financial problems.

Tyler Korn, 27, St. Ann, Missouri, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and five counts of wire fraud. Co-defendants Amjad Daoud, 32, Lutz, Fla., and Ruby Price, 72, Bonner Springs, Kan., already have appeared in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., in the case.

The indictment alleges Korn and Daoud used the address of a UPS store in Overland Park, Kan., to form Reliant Home Financial Group, a company they operated out of the St. Louis metro area. Price operated The Arize Group from rented space in Overland Park. Together, they devised a scheme to defraud homeowners with false promises of protecting them from foreclosure.

The indictment alleges the defendants fraudulently promised the victims to:
— Lower their interest rates.
— Lower their monthly payments
— Help them obtain loan modifications.

When victims received foreclosure notices, the defendants allegedly advised them not to worry about it.

If convicted, Korn faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each count. The Department of Housing and Urban Development investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

Shawnee man enters guilty plea to bank robbery

A Shawnee, Kan., man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to robbing an Overland Park, Kan., bank at gunpoint, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Mamoudou U. Kaba, 21, Shawnee, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. In his plea, he admitted that he brandished a gun on Sept 22, 2015, when he robbed U.S. Bank at 9900 W. 87th in Overland Park, Kan.

He pointed a gun at a clerk and customers before fleeing the bank with stolen cash.

He faces up to 25 years on the robbery charge and not less than seven years on the firearm charge, with the sentences running consecutively.

The Overland Park Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

Two KCK drivers in crash

Two Kansas City, Kan., drivers were in a crash at 2:40 p.m. Nov. 29 on the I-35 southbound ramp to I-435 in Johnson County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a Chevrolet Cavalier rear-ended a Honda Accord that had been stopped in traffic.

The driver of the Cavalier, a 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman, was injured and taken to a hospital in Johnson County, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the Accord, a 28-year-old woman from Kansas City, Kan., also was injured and taken to a hospital in Johnson County, the trooper’s report stated.