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Old 01-14-2014, 12:40 PM  
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Grandview Mayor Resigns

Heard this story this morning and thought it would be nice to have some discussion about local politics.

Anybody know anything else about what's going on in south KC?......


GRANDVIEW, Mo. - There are still plenty of questions about why the mayor of Grandview issued a sudden resignation on Friday.
But two city leaders confirmed to 41 Action News the FBI questioned them about former Mayor Steve Dennis’ involvement with a now defunct nonprofit.

According to documents filed online, two of Dennis’ former colleagues on the Grandview Board of Aldermen, Board President Brent Steeno and Alderman John Maloney, submitted complaints against him for falsely listing them as being on the board of directors for the organization “Matters of the Heart Inc.”

On April 1, 2013, Steeno and Maloney sent letters to the Missouri Secretary of State, asking for their names to be removed.
Just a year earlier, Dennis filed paperwork to create the nonprofit. A description said the purpose of the ministry was to be a local community outreach to the poor and disadvantaged.

“(He) never asked for my permission, agreement, or compliance to serve on the Board of Directors at any time,” both letters said. “I have not received any correspondences, written or verbal, about the operations, management, or direction of ‘Matters of the Heart, Inc.’”
Steeno, who will serve as interim mayor until Dennis’ old position is filled, told 41 Action News on Monday that he started getting questions about the nonprofit from people prior to the last April’s general election. Steeno said he didn’t know anything about it, but was then informed he was listed on the board of directors.

“I was pretty annoyed when I saw that,” he said. “You have a lot of thoughts that go through your mind. You wonder if someone is trying to do anything shady. To this day, I still have no idea.”

Maloney was also taken aback when he saw his name listed on the documents.

"I was shocked and angered," Maloney told 41 Action News.
Both city leaders said they asked the mayor about it, who told them it was an accident and the wrong paperwork had mistakenly been sent to the State.

But Steeno said the FBI questioned him about “Matters of the Heart, Inc.” about six months ago. Maloney also confirmed the FBI paid him a visit.

Despite that development, the mayor’s sudden resignation still came as a surprise to colleagues at City Hall, who also fielded questions from constituents about the sudden resignation.
"He did a great job for our city," Steeno said. "He was energetic. Citizens loved him. Staff loved him. We all had a great working relationship on the Board. It comes as a bit of a shock."
Dennis' nonprofit was administratively dissolved by the State of Missouri. According to public documents, the State of Missouri dissolved the nonprofit on December 19, 2012 for “failure to file a correct and current annual report.”
A spokeswoman with the FBI would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.
41 Action News tried to reach Dennis for comment with phone calls and a stop by his home, but is still awaiting a response.
Steeno and Maloney wanted to assure residents the situation with the former mayor is personal, and doesn't involve anything with the city.
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:48 PM   #31
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Tax write offs? Put people up in them that work for them? Flip them for profit?
Yea, so a money thing?
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:04 PM   #32
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I still wonder if there is anything more to them than just wanting a lot of money. There is the church thing, but why would a church need to own homes?
To sell to their parishioners. So everyone can live near the house of prayer (i guess).
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Old 02-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #33
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:48 AM   #34
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:57 AM   #35
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Perkins has the best pancakes, IMO. Great texture to them. And they have a berry syrup that I'd punch babies to get.
Corner Cafe is second, though I prefer them for waffles.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:18 AM   #36
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Update.....

Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud


Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison on Monday.

Dennis is due to report Sept. 15, and he will be on probation for three years after serving his sentence.

Dennis suddenly resigned in January 2014 . In January, two city leaders confirmed the FBI questioned them about former Mayor Dennis’ involvement with a now defunct nonprofit . Two of Dennis’ former colleagues on the Grandview Board of Aldermen submitted complaints against him for falsely listing them as being on the board of directors for the organization “Matters of the Heart Inc.” 41 Action News confirmed at least four aldermen received a visit from the FBI.

According to Steve Dennis' campaign finance file, an FBI agent requested to review the documents in August 2013. More than half of Dennis' campaign contributions came from LLCs created by Dan Lowe, the founder and managing partner at RED Legacy.

Dennis pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court in February. He was convicted of taking $35,000 worth of donations from the International House of Prayer under a bogus charity using it for his personal expenses .

It was also discovered the developer RED gave the mayor’s daughter two $10,000 “scholarships,” which, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, were spent on personal expenses.

Both the International House of Prayer and RED have waived restitution.

http://www.kshb.com/news/crime/forme...for-wire-fraud
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:23 AM   #37
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Update.....

Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis sentenced to federal prison for wire fraud


Former Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison on Monday.

Dennis is due to report Sept. 15, and he will be on probation for three years after serving his sentence.

Dennis suddenly resigned in January 2014 . In January, two city leaders confirmed the FBI questioned them about former Mayor Dennis’ involvement with a now defunct nonprofit . Two of Dennis’ former colleagues on the Grandview Board of Aldermen submitted complaints against him for falsely listing them as being on the board of directors for the organization “Matters of the Heart Inc.” 41 Action News confirmed at least four aldermen received a visit from the FBI.

According to Steve Dennis' campaign finance file, an FBI agent requested to review the documents in August 2013. More than half of Dennis' campaign contributions came from LLCs created by Dan Lowe, the founder and managing partner at RED Legacy.

Dennis pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court in February. He was convicted of taking $35,000 worth of donations from the International House of Prayer under a bogus charity using it for his personal expenses .

It was also discovered the developer RED gave the mayor’s daughter two $10,000 “scholarships,” which, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, were spent on personal expenses.

Both the International House of Prayer and RED have waived restitution.

http://www.kshb.com/news/crime/forme...for-wire-fraud
So, the church that basically owns Grandview and the development company that is coming in and building in Grandview paid off the former mayor to get some sweet deals. Then when people started catching on, they set him up to be ....







It all makes sense.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #38
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Ya, I wonder why the Church would waive restitution?????
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:33 AM   #39
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Ya, I wonder why the Church would waive restitution?????
Yea, kind of makes you think. I'm still not sure about the future of Grandview. It seems to be headed in the right direction, but the same people who were ****ing shit up before are still here ****ing shit up. So, how are things really going to get any better?
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:29 PM   #40
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Well, they are redeveloping Truman Corners', but not sure that's gonna help.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:54 PM   #41
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St. Louis doesn't have Perkins, and the one in Grandview finally closed, and ironically the building is less than a block from IHOP HQ.

The IHOPs in St. Louis and Grandview are uniformly great, however. Also, IHOP renovated and enlarged all IHOPs more than 5yo in the past couple of years, at least in St. Louis.

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Delicious.
IHOP has the worst food in the civilized world. Granted this is only based off of two IHOPS and predominantly the one at Metcalf and 119th St.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:09 PM   #42
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Well, they are redeveloping Truman Corners', but not sure that's gonna help.

Who's going to be going there to spend money?
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Well, they are redeveloping Truman Corners', but not sure that's gonna help.
They just lost Sam's Club, so are they just plain starting over?

Price Chopper and a dollar store is about all that's left in existing space.
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They just lost Sam's Club, so are they just plain starting over?

Price Chopper and a dollar store is about all that's left in existing space.
Here's the plan.....

http://redlegacy.com/wordpress/wp-co...chure_1.13.pdf

Also, notice the upcoming 125 acre iHop campus across the highway.
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