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    ANDREW J. FORTNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING FROM WOUNDED WARRIORS

    Posted Mar 26 2015 by with Comments Off on ANDREW J. FORTNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING FROM WOUNDED WARRIORS

    Fortner

    Andrew James Fortner, 34, of Jefferson City, Missouri, was sentenced last week to four (4) years each on two counts of Forgery.  On Friday, March 20, 2015, Senior Judge D. Gregory Warren, denied Andrew Fortner’s request for probation and instead sentenced him to prison for fraudulently soliciting donations to the “Wounded Warrior Project” using fake literature and trademarked logos.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors John Garrabrant and Nicholas Chlysta.

    In 2013, Fortner was twice captured on surveillance footage at the St. James Country Mart actively soliciting and receiving donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Representatives from Wounded Warriors confirmed that the charity does not utilize store front fundraising, nor have any donations ever been received by or from Fortner. The Wounded Warrior Project hopes that cases like this raise awareness of these types of scams. At the time of the incidents, Fortner was in the United States Army Reserves serving as a Sergeant. Subsequently, Fortner was discharged for Unsatisfied Participation, with a discharge status showing his demotion from a Sergeant to a Private Class E-1. A spokesperson for the United States Recruitment Office in Rolla, Missouri, commented, “Fortner is a perpetual, habitual liar and has done a disservice.”

    Phelps County Prosecutor Brendon Fox said, “I am satisfied with the result.  Mr. Fortner took advantage of the generosity and kindness of the local community.  I hope his actions do not discourage people from contributing to the Wounded Warriors in the future.  This case hopefully will make people more aware of the importance of making sure their contributions are made through legitimate channels.  I am proud of Andy Davis, a Retired Army Sergeant and Retired Detective with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department.  I know he took a special interest in this case and bringing Fortner to justice”

    Fox would remind you that if you see suspicious activities like Fortner’s, to contact law enforcement.  Together we can make a difference and stop charity fraud.

    SHERIFF AND PROSECUTOR CONTRIBUTE FUNDS TO COMBAT ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

    Posted Mar 23 2015 by with Comments Off on SHERIFF AND PROSECUTOR CONTRIBUTE FUNDS TO COMBAT ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

    St. James School

    Phelps County Sheriff Richard Lisenbe and Phelps County Prosecutor Brendon Fox each donated $2,500.00 to the St. James High School’s drug/alcohol awareness program. The school will use these funds to purchase various items to help educate and deter students from drug and alcohol use.

    The administrator for the program, Maggie Roberts said without the assistance of both departments it would difficult for the St. James School to have this program.  Mrs. Roberts accepts the checks, totaling $5,000.00.