Oskaloosa man found guilty of securities fraud

David W. Moeller, of Oskaloosa, Kansas, has been found guilty of one felony count of securities fraud, according to the Kansas Insurance Department.

Moeller was charged with one count of securities fraud for allegedly defrauding a Perry, Kansas, woman who invested funds with Moeller for the development of an invention known as the “blade caddy.”

State prosecutors alleged that, instead of using the investment dollars to develop the blade caddy product, Moeller used the funds to reimburse a Kansas City, Kansas, company to which he had written a bad check.

“Securities fraud is deterred when those willing to commit fraudulent behavior are publicly brought to justice,” Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt said in a news release. “The department will continue to be an advocate for Kansans by aggressively pursuing securities fraud in Kansas.”

On July 19, a trial was held before the Judge Christopher T. Etzel, of Jefferson County. On July 21, Judge Etzel issued a written verdict, finding Moeller guilty as charged.

Judge Etzel scheduled Moeller to be sentenced on Aug. 26. The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, a division of the Kansas Insurance Department. The criminal prosecution was conducted by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

Kansas kicks 7,000 off unemployment benefits for failing to meet new work search requirement

Unemployment modernization council prepares for interim report

by Noah Taborda, Kansas Reflector

Topeka — About 7,000 Kansans lost unemployment benefits this week because they did not meet a deadline to sign up for a new state program designed to help people find a job.

Legislators inserted the work search requirement into House Bill 2196 earlier this year. Mike Beene, director of workforce development at the Department of Commerce, told legislators Thursday many people who receive unemployment benefits were still adjusting to the policy.

The Kansas Department of Labor issued referrals to the online My Reemployment Plan program for weeks in advance of the deadline.

“The activity of a work search requirement is almost a cultural shift for people right now because they have gone so long during the pandemic without that requirement,” Beene told the Kansas Unemployment Compensation Modernization and Improvement Council.

The council met in anticipation of a preliminary report to the Legislative Coordinating Council updating leading lawmakers on progress made modernizing the state’s 40-year-old unemployment system. Updates on why some claims were being denied and modernization vendor search were provided, in addition to a look at My Reemployment.

Gov. Laura Kelly expressed concern with the requirements keeping so many from receiving their benefits.

“We tried as much as we could to get information out to people, and we’ll continue to work with those 7,000 people to rectify their situation so that they can continue receiving the benefits,” Gov. Kelly said.

Using the week of July 10 as a baseline, KDOL deputy secretary Peter Brady said 87.7% of all pandemic unemployment program claims were paid. The remaining 12.3% either encountered a mainframe error, an eligibility issue with their claim, a requirement of additional information, or most prominently, triggered a fraud flag.

Brady was hopeful this snapshot would help the council better understand how claims were being processed in Kansas and how the system modernization project could improve these numbers for the upcoming council report.

“Different presenters we’ve had before this council have all made a lot of similar points of what the core requirements and functions of a modern UI system are. This is what it needs to do,” Brady said, urging the council to consider these presentations in the report when choosing a vendor for the modernization project. “These are all the criteria that will need to be looked at for a modernized system vendor.”

HB2196, which took effect May 13, created the council, initiated the needed modernization effort, and required a report recommending a vendor to be issued within 60 days.

With vendor selection taking longer than initially anticipated, Brady and others urged a more forward-looking report when the council takes that up on Friday. Rep. Kyle Hoffman, R-Coldwater, said while the initial 60-day window appeared ample enough time, once in the process he saw that wasn’t as feasible as previously thought.

“We don’t want to hold it up, but we also don’t want to rush it just for a report,” Hoffman said. “If the LCC understands that this report is preliminary I think that covers the statutory requirement of sending a report.”

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New Vera Bradley Factory Outlet at Legends to open with sale, giveaway on Friday

A new Vera Bradley Factory Outlet store will open Friday at The Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kansas. (Submitted photo)

A new Vera Bradley Factory Outlet store at the Legends Outlets will open Friday, July 2, with a sale and a giveaway.

The first 50 customers to enter the store when it opens, between July 2 and 4, will receive a lanyard and a matching zip ID case in tangerine twist. Also, the store will open with up to a 70 percent sale on all items.

The store will open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sarah Lehman, a spokesman, said.

It will be the first Vera Bradley outlet store in the Kansas City area, she said.

The new store offers accessories such as quilted handbags, luggage, travel items and gifts. The colorful, exclusive patterns and prints change on a monthly basis.

Its location is next to Victoria’s Secret near the Civic Courtyard Fountain at The Legends Outlets, at 1847 Village West Parkway, Suite K-109. The store will occupy 5,182 square feet. Brooks Brothers was formerly at the location.

After the grand opening, Legends Outlets will hold an Instagram contest giving shoppers the chance to win a Vera Bradley prize package. Details will be announced after the Fourth of July holiday at www.legendsshopping.com/blog/.

Vera Bradley was founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller and currently operates more than 150 full-line and factory stores. The brand’s iconic designs and versatile styles offer people of all ages a colorful way to accessorize every look. More information is at verabradley.com.

Vera Bradley joins more than 100 designer outlets, retail , dining and entertainment locations at the Legends Outlets. Rally House, a sports wear store, is slated to open in mid-July, according to Lehman.