A national of Somalia living in Kansas City was convicted yesterday for his role in a conspiracy to provide fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses to a large number of Somali and Bosnian nationals, a news release from the office of U.S. attorney John F. Wood said.
Elias Mohamed, 28, participated in a mail fraud conspiracy from April 1, 2003, to Feb. 6, 2006, the release said. The conspiracy involved fraudulent testing for commercial driver’s licenses on the part of the South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School (SCCC) in West Plains. SCCC had a contract with the state of Missouri to be a “third party tester” of persons seeking to take the driving portion of the Missouri Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test. Full article HERE
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. | A former tester at a Missouri truck-driving school will go to prison for his part in a conspiracy to provide fraudulent licenses to Somali and Bosnian nationals.
U.S. District Judge Gary Fenner on Monday imposed a one-year sentence on 66-year-old Orbin Dale May of West Plains.
May pleaded guilty last year to participating in a mail fraud conspiracy from April 2003 to February 2006.
May was a tester at the now-defunct South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School in West Plains.
He admitted receiving extra pay for giving incomplete or inadequate tests for commercial driver’s licenses and falsely certifying that applicants had passed. From KansasCity.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Two Missourians say they were surprised to receive credit card statements indicating they had donated to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Sandy Pogones of Camdenton and Steve Larman of North Kansas City each found a $2,300 charge on their credit card bills recently for the Obama for America campaign. Both say they do not support Obama and would not contribute to his campaign.
Both say they contacted their credit card companies, which dropped the charges.
Pogones says she also contacted the Missouri attorney general’s office and the FBI.
Larman says he just wants to know if another organization is funneling money to Obama, or if someone is using the Obama name to steal from people. From KGHI
Voter fraud is running rampant across the country:
UPDATE: The folks at HillBuzz have compiled quite a list of ACORN-related voter fraud HERE. Their list – and ours – seems to be growing…….
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.
St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.
Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.”
‘Truth Squad’ using sheriffs, DAs to police bias against candidate
A team of Obama-supporting prosecutors and sheriffs in Missouri is preparing to pursue legal challenges to any presidential ads deemed to be false or misleading.
KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports District Attorney Robert McCulloch, a past president of the National District Attorneys Association, said that whether the ads could be attributed to an opponent’s campaign itself, or another organization, “If they’re not going to tell the truth, somebody’s got to step up and say, ‘That’s not the truth. This is the truth.'”
The effort appeared to be part of a move by the Obama campaign to block advertisements to which it objects. The campaign also sent “threatening” letters to several news agencies in Pennsylvania and Ohio demanding they stop airing ads exposing Obama’s gun stance, according to the National Rifle Association. More from WorldNetDaily
While all the attention early Saturday was focused on the Greater Houston area as Hurricane Ike slammed ashore, officials warned truckers that less-than-desirable, and perhaps just plain unsafe, driving conditions would prevail today through parts of Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, parts of eastern Oklahoma and portions of western Louisiana.
Early today, forecasters said the center of the storm was still expected to turn north out of Houston, move almost due north through Texas and then turn northeast and traverse Arkansas tonight and Sunday and Missouri Sunday.
In addition to the heavy rain and possible tornadoes, straight line winds — some still reaching hurricane level force — would be felt as far inland as east Central Texas and wind gusts as high as 40 mph could be felt in northeast Texas Saturday and through Arkansas Saturday night and into Sunday. More from The Trucker
NEW MADRID COUNTY, Mo. – Police arrested a man after finding 1538 pounds of marijuana in his tractor-trailer Thursday afternoon.
Marcos A. Tijerina, 28, of McAllen, Texas faces a first-degree charge of possession of a controlled substance and trafficking in drugs. He was taken to the New Madrid County Jail.
A Missouri State Highway patrolman stopped Tijerina for an equipment violation traveling north on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County. After obtaining permission to search the truck, he found the marijuana in the middle of a load of produce. From KFVS – Cape Girardeau, Missouri
How many times do we have to say it – marijuana is NOT produce……..
St. Louis , MO: Mustafa Redzic, owner of Bosna Truck Driving School in St. Louis, was sentenced to 75 months in prison on multiple charges involving a bribery/fraud scheme to provide easy tests to hundreds of students applying for commercial drivers licenses, United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway announced today.
“Mustafa Redzic seriously compromised the safety and security of our roads and the integrity of our Commercial Drivers License testing system during the few years he was in business,” said U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway, who, with Tom Albus, tried the case for the government. “Today’s sentence is the result of years of hard work by federal, state and local investigators to root out this scheme and, just as importantly, fix the damage it has done.”
MUSTAFA REDZIC, of St. Louis County, appeared before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber. Following his sentence, Redzic was ordered to serve three years supervised release.
Redzic and his former truck driving school, Bosna Truck Driving School, which operated at 7719 Hall Street in St. Louis City, have been under investigation since 2005. The present indictment was handed up nearly one year ago on June 21, 2007. Redzic’s case went to trial in April in Cape Girardeau, and the jury found him guilty on all counts: conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and bribery.
At trial, the government presented evidence of a broad ranging bribery and fraud scheme involving Redzic and Troy Parr, a commercial drivers license tester who managed a testing facility in Sikeston, Missouri. Redzic was found to have bribed Parr in exchange for favorable treatment of his students at Parr’s testing site. Parr, who testified at the trial and was sentenced in April, admitted to accepting numerous cash payments and the promise of a lucrative job in Redzic’s organization. In exchange, Parr gave Redzic’s students “short tests,” which did not meet state standards. In some cases, Redzic’s students did not even have to show up for testing at all and still received licenses. In all, the government traced 469 fraudulent commercial drivers licenses to the Redzic-Parr relationship.
Co-defendant Troy Parr, of Dexter, Missouri, pled guilty last December and was sentenced to one year and one day on April 28.
Hanaway commended the work performed on the case by the task force that included the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of the Inspector General; the State of Missouri Department of Revenue and Highway Patrol; and Assistant United States Attorney Tom Albus.
The Greene County Sheriff’s office is seeking a third person in connection with an incident involving stolen diesel fuel.
Capt. Randy Gibson said an investigation has led to the department seeking charges against a person for receiving stolen hydraulic oil in northern Greene County. He said the oil likely was stolen from the same construction site where red-dyed diesel fuel was stolen last week.
The individual has not yet been arrested, Gibson said. More from News-Leader.com (Springfield, Missouri)
The article further states that the men sold 1800 gallons of diesel fuel to truckers at the truck stop on the Chestnut Expressway for $2.00 per gallon. Gibson also said charges could be filed against truckers who bought the red-dyed fuel. Red-dyed, off road diesel is not legal to run in the tanks of big trucks. Highway use taxes have not been added to the cost of the fuel.
Every trucker knows not to put off-road diesel in their truck’s fuel tank and one would think they wouldn’t be buying it off some guy in a half-ton truck with modified tanks in a truck stop parking lot in the middle of the night.