KC Says Gators Gotta Go
May 22, 2015

The city announced Friday they’re giving the owners of the alligator-like reptiles known as caimans until the end of the month to get rid of the animals, which have been kept in an inner city home for decades.

A 1995 settlement with the reptiles’ owner Pat Jacobs allowed her to keep the reptiles until 2020 as along as she continued to user her house in the 4900 block of Euclid as her primary residence.

Jacobs’ son, Mike, says Pat Jacob died several years ago and he’s been honoring the deal ever since, according to a lawyer.

The Jacobs says they’ve honored the deal and there have been no problems with the animals who remain in captivity. A letter to the city says “only a few are being kept there at this time”.

It’s believed at the peak, there may have been more than three dozen reptiles at the house.

The family says they tried and failed to re-locate the reptiles in the past. They’re asking the city to give them the remaining 5 years, until late 2020, to deal with the animals

7 Government Workers Accused of Insurance Fraud
December 14, 2012

Federal agents have arrested six Kansas City employees and one Jackson County employee in connection with an alleged insurance fraud scheme.
“We are very saddened with the allegations brought upon a small group of city employees. These alleged actions do not represent the majority of city employees who adhere to the city’s ethical standards,” said Kansas City Manager Troy Schulte.
The Associated Press said prosecutors accused the group of misusing an incentives program offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, where participants earned gift cards and pre-loaded debit cards by taking part in strenuous exercise programs. The more strenuous the activity, the more points the participant could earn.
It said that the participants claimed that young children had run marathons and triathlons. One participant claimed to take part in an Olympic weightlifting competition.
A news release from acting United States attorney David Ketchmark identified the people accused in the scheme as Crystal Burgin-Woods, 42, an employee of the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court; Matt Stivers, 41, an employee of the city’s information technologies department; Kim Blair, 36, and Sylvia Sims, 37, both employees of the city’s parks and recreation department; Matt Tholen, 29, an emergency medical technician; Michael King, 30, an employee of the city’s water department; and Michael Olukotun, 39, a corrections officers at the Jackson County, Mo., jail.
According to the indictment: Burgin-Woods received 383 gift cards totaling $185,655. Stiver received 248 gift cards totaling $39,070, and Blair received 238 gift cards totaling $30,485. The others received less than $20,000.
Burgin-Woods is accused of submitting a claim for a 3-year-old child who supposedly competed in two duathlons, 3 marathons, 3 half-marathons and four triathlons in 2010 and 2011.
She declined an on-camera interview, but told KMBC 9’s Martin Augustine that she didn’t think she was doing anything wrong, just taking advantage of an insurance benefit.
“I have too much to risk if I thought it would come to this,” she said. “I really, truly don’t understand this.”

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