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Kansas City Area Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Veterans Program

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 70-year-old Missouri woman has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for defrauding a federal program designed to award contracts to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.  U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says Mary Parker of Blue Springs, Missouri, pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to one count of aiding and abetting wire fraud. She admitted helping her son, Warren Parker, and her son, Michael Parker, in making false claims for their company, Silver Star Construction of Blue Springs and Stilwell, Kansas.  Prosecutors say the company obtained more than $6.7 million in contracts from the Veterans Administration.  An investigation determined that Warren Parker never was classified as a service-disabled vet.  He was sentenced in 2012 to 87 months in prison.

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