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Derges found guilty on all counts

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The jury has asked for additional evidence in the trial of a Missouri Representative accused of defrauding the government. Derges represents the Nixa area at the Missouri House of Representatives. A federal grand jury indictment alleges she fraudulently received about $300,000 in federal coronavirus aid for her nonprofit medical and dental clinic serving the poor, homeless, and uninsured.
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Texas County incident brings charges to Mansfield man, patrol says

A Mansfield man faces several charges after he resisted arrest Tuesday evening in Texas County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Martin A. Gonzales, 27, is charged with felony first-degree property damage, resisting arrest, exceeding the speed limit by 26 miles per hour or more and having no insurance, the patrol said.
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Derges found guilty on 22 charges

Springfield, Mo. — Rep. Tricia Derges, R-Nixa, was found guilty on 22 charges brought forward by federal prosecutors Tuesday. Charges against the state Representative included wire fraud, illegal distribution of controlled substances and lying to federal investigators. Derges owns four medical clinics in Southwest Missouri. Lift Up Springfield, her...

Nixa State Representative Dr. Tricia Derges Found Guilty in Federal Court

Missouri State Representative Dr. Tricia Derges, who represents Nixa in the State House, has been found guilty by a jury in a federal indictment. Derges was found guilty on all 23 charges she faced in the trial, which included:. 11 counts of Wire Fraud. 10 counts of Distribution by Means...

Branson, Mo. city leaders addressing panhandling, homelessness in the tourist city

BRANSON, Mo. (KY3) - The Branson Board of Alderman held a study session to look for ways to address ongoing panhandling and homelessness throughout the community. Many community organizations used the study session to explain their actions to help with the ongoing homeless issue. Branson visitors say they’ve noticed more panhandlers on this trip than in years past.

Missouri lawmaker convicted in medical clinics fraud scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A state lawmaker has been convicted in a fraud scheme involving her medical practice in southwest Missouri. Tricia Derges, a Nixa Republican, was convicted Tuesday of 22 federal counts including wire fraud, illegal distribution of controlled substances and making false statements to investigators. Federal prosecutors argued during her two week trial that Derges, an assistant physician, lied about providing stem cell treatments at her healthcare clinic and illegally provided prescription drugs. Her attorney, Al Watkins, contended Derges was targeted by prosecutors because she helped underserved populations at her clinics. The state GOP party refused to allow Derges to run for re-election as a Republican this fall.

Jury convicts Missouri state lawmaker of COVID-19 fraud scheme

A Missouri state representative was convicted by a federal trial jury for a nearly $900,000 COVID-19 fraud scheme, as well as a separate $200,000 fraud scheme in which she made false claims about a fake stem cell treatment marketed through her clinics in southern Missouri, and for illegally providing prescription drugs to clients of those clinics.

PODCAST: Mike Patrick of Branson’s Grand Country

Mike Patrick has been a part of the Branson show business scene for more than 25 years and is one of the most respected and admired producers and performers in the area. A native of Nixa, Mike always knew he wanted to be in entertainment. “First off, I was always in love with Branson, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”