Friday, January 26, 2018

FRIDAY AFTERMATH: FORMER JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE SANDERS PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT LOUD & CLEAR WHILST CALVIN WEEPS!!!



As the day concludes, faith in Kansas City Democracy has eroded even further in the aftermath of two power players admit to serious wrongdoing in Federal court.

Check the highlights . . .

"Sanders, 50, entered his plea in a loud and clear voice before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark. 

The guilty plea Friday afternoon in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to inappropriate use of campaign donations. Investigators say Sanders funneled money back to himself in a scheme in which his chief of staff, Calvin Williford, pleaded guilty to Friday.

"It was also mentioned that Sanders and Williford took a trip to Las Vegas together using some of this money.


"Williford, 60, appeared upbeat and was smiling as he waited for the hearing to begin. After he entered his plea and the hearing concluded, he embraced family members in the courtroom and then began weeping audibly."

Check the links . . .

KCUR: Former Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders Pleads Guilty To Federal Fraud Charge

The Sentinel: Former “Rising star in Missouri’s Democratic Party” Mike Sanders to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charges

Fox4: Former Jackson County executive Mike Sanders pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud

You decide . . .

38 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a fail but a very important victory for law enforcement that should have elected officials watching their actions for quite some time.

Anonymous said...

Two in a row.

Shields has fight in federal court.

Sanders pleads guilty. I guess Frank should really watch out.

KC JD said...

Democratic Party in Missouri takes another loss.

This doesn't look good for Claire McCaskill. She was a strong ally of Sanders.

Anonymous said...

Hang the bastards

Anonymous said...

The fix is in. Probation for all.

Anonymous said...

Skippy Skippy Skippy......hopefully he will have peanut butter spread over the cheeks of his ass....soon.

Anonymous said...

Where’s Tracy the Uniblabber? I’m sure she’ll have several paragraphs of verbal diarrhea about this, including how well she knows all parties involved, including the bailiff.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you Tony. We are all in debt to you. Nice mention in the Sentinel article!

Anonymous said...

These guys won't even have fences around them. Clubfed is easy time.

JJ said...

I'm not as convinced about a light sentence here, there are federal guidelines and I don't think there is a lot of sympathy here for either one of them. Sanders was a also former prosecutor. How bad does that look for law enforcement.

I'm thinking both of them get some kind of time that they aren't going to enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Next up: Frank White and his secret foreclosure bailout brokered by... Mike Sanders.

Anonymous said...

One count each? Did their deal include ratting out others? We have a lot of rats in Jackson County.

Claire McCaskill said...

Gotta love them fucking Liberal Democrats!!!


By the way, to the poster saying, Skippy, Skippy, Skippy... Sanders nickname back in the day at the courthouse was "Squiggy". You remember, the greaser from Laverne and Shirley.

Anonymous said...

Getting kudos from The Sentinal is like getting a thumbs up from stormfront.org.

So congratulations I guess.

Anonymous said...

💩💰💩💰💩💰💩💰💩💰

Anonymous said...

Calvin Williford is a dirty rat. I always knew he was, when I worked with him on a few projects. I find it interesting that the US Attorney describes him as a "cooperator". Where I come from that's called a snitch!

Anonymous said...

They won’t see any time which is a shame. Sanders should be holed up in the pit of JC jail that he created. They have learned from their mistakes...that would mean they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong. I’m disgusted. 2 well educated men didn’t know they were doing wrong? Bullshit! They knew even if they got caught, all of their friends, judges, lawyers, etc would get them off. Only poor people do time. Does anyone know a politician, aka a lawyer that isn’t corrupt? I mean the legislature uses combat funds for outside agencies that in turn endorse their candidacy.

Anonymous said...

Are there any Democrats in Jackson County that aren't corrupt?

Anonymous said...

Doesn’t matter if they are republican or Democrat. If you think it does you are an idiot!

JoJones said...

^^^ Absolutely. This wasn't about politics, it was about greed. Don't know how these two dumb asses thought they would get away with this plot.

Anonymous said...

Would like to see feds continue looking into JACKCO corrupt system and then head over across the street to City of KC.

Anonymous said...

Most white collar criminal investigations, if they result in indictment, are federal in nature. A conviction for a white collar crime can carry enormous legal, personal, and professional implications. The potential federal prison sentences and restitution amounts are more severe than similar charges in state courts. The issues related to sentencing in white collar cases are extremely complex and require an exhaustive knowledge of the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG).

Usually, conviction for a federal crime will draw heavier penalties (and fines) than similar cases in state courts. This is because federal offenses fall within the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines which often call for extremely harsh periods of incarceration.

Although the sentencing guidelines are not binding on the judge, federal judges impose guideline range sentences almost 50 % of the time In addition to any fines that are levied, the Court may order you to reimburse the US Attorney’s office for the cost of their prosecution.

Mail and wire fraud: Both carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years. If the scheme also involved a bank, the potential fine increases up to $100,000: [18 U.S.C. Section 1343]

Anonymous said...

Mike should have left the county far ahead of his 3rd term. You just can't hang around that place very long without getting in trouble.

Anonymous said...

They went to vegas with each other? Does that sound weird to anybody else?

Tracy Thomas said...

JoJoJones at 8:32 says this was about "greed".

I expect they will try to spin it as "addiction" to gambling.

Volunteer to complete some serious addiction counseling, to plea bargain their sentence away. Plus, since WimpyBurger Mike Sanders was a former prosecutor, they will claim his life will be endangered if he serves actual time, because he'd be in with people he put away.

Not quite as bad as a sex offender, still, dangerous.

Question--how in debt did his "addiction" get him? Did he lose his house? Did Georgia leave him? Or did the same businessman who bailed out Frank White also bail out Mike Sanders' home?

Go get 'em, Tony.

Anonymous said...

Tracy has been in the hooch again.

JoJones said...

County has always been a cesspool. What is strange is that it keeps getting worse. Mike mus have known how bad it was or else he wouldn't have tried this ripoff. Everyone seems to have their hand in the till.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:46

You sound like a lawyer but they plead to conspiracy to commit wire fraud which only carries a 5 year max. If they do see jail time it will be minimal. And since they are out on bond they don’t have to spend any time in the JC shithole jail.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:28

Yes it does sound strange since Calvin was known for hiring young,hot men that weren’t qualified for the job or pay they received. Also the “rumor” of Mike and Curtis K getting caught in the county vehicle comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Bet they play Jokers Wild..as Pee-Wee Herman sings n the background.

Anonymous said...

So jealous. Awwww. :)

Anonymous said...

Never did like that guy! Didn't he learn "the trade" from mccaskill? Now there's a pair to draw to!!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Adam Taff was found guilty of this same thing except he only used the money to get a mortgage. No Vegas or wine country trips. He didn't involve his staff in trying to cover it up. He served his time and is once again a productive member of society. He was a good guy that just got bad advice. Saunders however deliberately used the money for personal gain, and he and his wife should have to forfeit funds and property to pay this back and see the inside of a jail cell for years.

Tracy Thomas said...

Great comments! Exactly, 9:39. thanks for citing this parallel example. I seem to recall Adam Taff served two years in prison.
He paid some form of restitution to cover the costs of prosecuting him.
But he had already paid back his campaign fund, immediately.
It was just a swing loan--to grab a house he and his wife were buying, so they would not lose the contract. He paid it back immediately.
And you are exactly right, 9:39--he got bad advice from a mortgage expert--who happened to be his boss.

Whereas Sanders and Williford just gambled. And never restored the diverted funds to the campaign coffers.

This will make it even harder for other elected officials--or candidates--to run for office and raise campaign funds in the future.

Anonymous said...

do they have to pay income tax on the $$$ to MO

Anonymous said...

This is quite the Dog & Pony show, but I am betting Sanders knew there will be no prison time involved before he ever copped the plea.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand. did these guys have a thing going or were they linking up in Vegas? Did they gamble the money or just hang around in Vegas. Where can I find the real info?