Archive for Overland Park

Former Overland Park CPA pleads guilty to filing false tax return

A former Kansas CPA pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing a false tax return, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Robert M. Purinton, 69, formerly of Overland Park, Kan., now of Rancho Mirage, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on his 2009 tax return by under-reporting his income by about $202,000.

He agreed to make restitution of $71,543 for the additional taxes due and owing for that year. He also agreed to make restitution of $34,512 for 2010, although he did not plead guilty to any criminal activity for that year. During those years, he was a CPA with an accounting firm in Overland Park.

The sentencing date will be set after his presentence report is completed. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000, and total restitution of $106,055. Beall commended the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton for their work on the case.

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Injury-accident reported on I-35

An injury-accident was reported at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, on northbound I-35 at Lamar, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Three vehicles were traveling north on I-35, when two slowed for congested traffic, according to the trooper’s report. An Acura passenger car struck the rear of a Toyota passenger car that was pushed into the rear of a Chrysler passenger car, according to the report.

The trooper’s report stated the accident occurred in Wyandotte County.

A 20-year-old Overland Park, Kan., woman who was a passenger in the Toyota car was injured and taken to a hospital, the report stated.

No other injuries were reported.

The driver of the Acura car was a 24-year-old man from Overland Park, Kan.

The driver of the Toyota car was a 20-year-old woman from Overland Park. Other passengers in the Toyota included a 22-year-old woman from Overland Park; a 21-year-old woman from Overland Park; and a 20-year-old woman from Overland Park, according to the trooper’s report.

The driver of the Chrysler car was a 66-year-old man from Overland Park.

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Kansas City, Mo., man indicted for robbing Overland Park bank

A Kansas City man was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of robbing a bank in Overland Park, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Ryan Michael Cothern, 41, Kansas City, Mo., is charged with an Oct. 3, 2107, robbery at U.S. Bank at 9900 W. 87th St. in Overland Park, Kan.

It is alleged Cothern handed a clerk his cell phone on which he had written a memo saying, “Put the 50s and the 100s in the bag. Do not put the dye pack in the bag. You follow these instructions and no one gets hurt and we can all go home.” Cothern was arrested shortly after the robbery when an Overland Park police officer stopped him in the 8300 block of Melrose Street.

If convicted, Cothern faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Overland Park Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania is prosecuting.

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