Man pleads guilty to theft of government funds

A Leavenworth man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., to fraudulently collecting more than $46,000 in government benefits, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Michael James Munsterman, 42, Leavenworth, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds. In his plea, he admitted he received Supplemental Security Income, food stamps and Medicaid even though he did not qualify for those benefits.

In April 2011 he applied for SSI benefits claiming that he had a drug-induced heart condition that prevented him from working. He did not reveal to the government that he owned and operated a heating and cooling company and received substantial income from the business while he was receiving benefits. He also admitted that he concealed from the federal government his financial resources that far exceeded the eligibility criteria of the needs-based programs.

He fraudulently received a total of approximately $46,367 in government funds, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

Sentencing is set for June 16. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Munsterman must also pay restitution to the victim-agencies. Grissom commended the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford for their work on the case.

KCK man arrested in Platte County

A 22-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was in the Platte County Jail on a 24-hour hold after an arrest on March 11, according to Missouri Highway Patrol arrest reports.

The man was arrested about 8:27 p.m. in Platte County, Mo., on unlawful use of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of paraphernalia, according to the arrest report.

Sporting KC to meet Dallas in first road test of year on Saturday

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Now a member of the Western conference, Sporting Kansas City will play its first intra-conference tilt of 2015 against FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The match at Toyota Stadium in the Dallas area will be televised locally on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV with the broadcast crew of Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, Jake Yadrich and Kacie McDonnell providing three hours of on-site coverage beginning at 7 p.m.

In addition, Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on 102.9 FM (English) — to be followed by The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show — and La Gran D 1340 AM (Spanish).

Sporting KC has earned four points in its previous two trips to Dallas, winning 4-1 in June 2011 and drawing 2-2 in June 2013. However, FC Dallas boasted a league-best 12 home wins in 2014 as the club made its first postseason appearance in three years. In the home opener at Toyota Stadium last Saturday, Blas Perez scored a 92nd-minute goal to give FC Dallas a 1-0 victory over San Jose.

Sporting KC rejoins the West in 2015 as part of conference realignment for Major League Soccer’s 20th season. The club recorded 21 wins against Western Conference foes from 2011-2014 (21-12-12 overall), more than any other Eastern Conference team, including a 5-2-2 mark last year. Kansas City played its first nine seasons (1996-2004) in the Western Conference and reached the postseason on seven occasions.