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Missouri man pleads guilty in Scott County lightning rod scam, ordered to repay $75,000

SCOTT CITY – (July 17, 2014) – A Missouri man was ordered to repay a total of $75,000 to two Scott County consumers last week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit theft, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Donald Anthony Moses, 52, Neosho, Mo., was sentenced by District Magistrate Judge James R. Collins to 24 months of probation with an underlying sentence of 18 months in prison. Moses pleaded guilty in June to a charge of conspiracy to commit theft.

Two other defendants have been charged in connection with the case. One has been convicted and awaits sentencing; the other is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The state alleged that Moses stole funds from two Scott County senior citizens in a lightning rod insurance scam arising from a door-to-door sale. The case was investigated by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division. Assistant Attorneys General Robert Novak, Adrian Serene and Jackie Williams prosecuted the case.