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Sporting KC signs 15-year-old

Sporting Kansas City announced on Friday the signing of 15-year-old forward Gianluca Busio as a homegrown player.

Busio’s MLS contract runs through 2020 with options for 2021 and 2022.

At 15 years and 89 days, Busio becomes the second-youngest player all-time to sign an MLS contract and the youngest active player in Major League Soccer.

“Gianluca (Busio) is a very talented player who has the opportunity to progress along our professional pathway from the Academy to the first team,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a news release. “He fits our style of play, has great vision on the field and can score goals from several different positions. As Gianluca continues to develop, the structure of our club will allow him to take steps toward his objective of playing at the top level for Sporting KC in the future.”

“This is a dream come true, and I could not be more grateful,” Busio said. “Since I was a kid, I always dreamed of being a professional soccer player, so I want to thank Peter Vermes and the Sporting Kansas City organization for giving me this opportunity. From the day I arrived in Kansas City, they have made me feel like part of the family.”

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Busio joined the Sporting KC Academy last fall from the North Carolina Fusion, where he competed for the U-14s and U-16s during the 2015-16 Development Academy campaign. He currently attends Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kansas.


Woman arrested in Overland Park for theft from naval base in Japan

A woman who fled from Japan to the United States before being arrested in Overland Park, Kansas, has pleaded guilty to stealing the equivalent of nearly $100,000 at a U.S. Naval base in Japan.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Tom Larson, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, made the announcement.

Cynthia Lopez Creseni, who is from the Philippines, pleaded guilty on Friday, Aug. 18, to theft of public money for stealing the equivalent of $99,068 from the Morale Welfare and Recreation Center at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

According to admissions made in connection with the plea, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was notified about the theft of approximately $85,500 and ¥ 1,620,000 (aggregate value of $99,068) from a safe assigned to Creseni at the MWR cash cage. Creseni, who had worked at the base in various positions since 2000, served as the lead cashier of the game-slot room at the time of the theft.

Creseni officially reported the funds missing from her assigned safe after returning from a vacation to the United States in February 2015. Creseni, who denied taking the money, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Interviews of Creseni’s co-workers revealed that she might have had some financial problems. When investigators attempted to interview Creseni at her residence in Japan, they learned that she had vacated her home, sold it and moved to the Philippines. Efforts were made to locate Creseni in the Philippines, but were unsuccessful. Agents learned that Creseni entered the United States on July 15, 2015.

On Jan. 24 of this year Creseni was located in Overland Park, Kansas, and arrested by federal agents for immigration violations for overstaying her visa.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018.

This case is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service with assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Sasha N. Rutizer of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Moore of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri are prosecuting the case.


Overland Park man sentenced for child pornography

An Overland Park man was sentenced Monday to 97 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography on the Internet while posing as a 46-year-old woman, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Frank Joseph Kurtz, 70, Overland Park, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography.

In his plea, Kurtz admitted that an investigation by the Israeli National Police first identified emails in which Kurtz used the alias “Lisayearning46” to send child pornography to another person. The FBI in Kansas tracked the emails to Kurtz, who registered with Yahoo under the name “Lisa Lewis” and used photos he found on the Internet as his profile picture.