IRS and Publisher's Clearinghouse SCAM Alert


We have been getting more calls regarding scams from IRS and Publishers Clearing House.


IRS:  They leave a message stating they are the IRS and that they owe money and if they don’t receive a payment a warrant will go out for their arrest. They leave a number for them to return the call.  They have rec’d more than one call from them. 


IRS will not notify people this way.  Here are tips from the IRS:


Todd Thompson says, “The IRS will never call on money being owed or tell you about a warrant.   Please report these issues to the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.


Publisher’s Clearing House:  They are told they have won some money but before they can collect it they need to go to Walmart and send them $200.

They did not get any more details because they did not call them back. 

He was upset that these people can continue to call with these scams.


Todd Thompson said, “Publisher’s Clearing House will not ask you to submit a payment.  You must have entered the clearing house sweepstakes.  If you can’t recall if you have, you can call this toll free number: Call 1-877-3SWEEPS (1-877-379-3377) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check if you've really won.  If not, please report this information to law enforcement.”


The County Attorney’s office is not responsible for investigations in this matter.

Defendant sentenced for attempted aggravated robbery


Emmanuel L. Brooks, 20, Kansas City, Kansas, was sentenced for the charge of attempted aggravated robbery. The charged stemmed from an April 28, 2016 incident at Jimmy John's in Lansing.  Brooks attempted to rob the sandwich shop with a BB gun.

Lansing Police Chief credited an employee of the business and a customer with thwarting the robbery attempt.  In terms of state sentencing guidelines, the case was considered a "border box" case. This means probation was possible if the judge ruled that certain factors were met.   The Court found that sentence could be suspended and gave Brooks probation.

Defendant sentenced to two years for aggravated assault on undersheriff


Shanenon D. Kagen, 32, was sentenced to two years in Leavenworth County District Court for the charge of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

The charge stemmed from a June 3, 2015, incident in a parking lot of the Justice Center in Leavenworth. The Justice Center houses the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office as well as the courtrooms for Leavenworth County District Court.

Kagen assaulted Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley while racing away from the parking lot in his vehicle, according to testimony from a preliminary hearing.

The standard prison sentence in his case would have been three years and three months under the state's sentencing guidelines. But the prosecution agreed to recommend a two-year sentence as part of a plea agreement.

Justina Thompson sentenced to 120 days of jail for car burglaries


Justina E. Thompson, 21, of Leavenworth, KS, was sentenced today on three counts of vehicular Burglary, severity level 9 non-person felonies. The Court sentenced her to probation for 12 months with an underlying sentence of 17 months in Kansas Department of Corrections custody. Ms. Thompson was also ordered to serve 120 days of shock time unless an appropriate drug treatment plan is put into place.  The sentencing guidelines allow for a reduction of sentence on convictions if the burglaries are thought to be related to drug abuse.  The defense argued for a reduction of sentence due to Ms. Thompson's drug dependency.  


On August 16, 2016, Ms. Thompson knowingly entered into a vehicle in Leavenworth County and took multiple items without permission.  The owner of the vehicle witnessed the crime and contacted police who responded to the incident.  Ms. Thompson was found to be in possession of items that she had removed from the vehicle.  


On October 29, 2016, Ms. Thompson knowingly entered into two vehicles in Leavenworth.  Officers responded to the area and witnessed Ms. Thompson nearby carrying items that she had removed from each vehicle.

Clayton Wilmer receives a 20 year sentence


Twenty-six year old Leavenworth resident Clayton Wilmer was sentenced to four charges in Leavenworth District Court today.  He received 19 years and five months with the Department of Corrections for criminal discharge of a firearm in an occupied vehicle, and another six months for aggravated endangering a child, (which is required by law to run consecutive to any other conviction).


The Court further ran Clayton Wilmer’s nearly 20 year sentence concurrent to another case involving the same victim in which Wilmer was sentenced to 16 years earlier this year.


In the case in which Wilmer was sentenced to 16 years, he was sentenced to Aggravated Battery, Robbery, Criminal Restraint and Intimidation of a Witness.  Those offenses were also domestic violence related and occurred in August, 2014 when Wilmer attacked his victim, breaking her jawbone and taking her phone.  He was convicted of those charges following a jury trial in January, 2016 and sentenced in March.    Due to the Court’s decision, Wilmer is only facing 19 years and 11 months sentences for all these cases.    These cases are to run consecutive to his 2011 conviction for distributing marijuana which he is currently serving an 18 month sentence.


The sentencing today were from charges that arose on October 24, 2014 near a residence on South 10th Street, in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Witnesses testified during the trial that Wilmer had been texting his former girlfriend throughout the day.  He then approached the former girlfriend as she was getting into her car with another male and her infant daughter.   According to the testimony, Wilmer fired a shot from a 9 mm handgun into the car and struck the male in the right leg.  He then pointed the handgun at the male.  The daughter of Wilmer and his former girlfriend was in the backseat of the car.  A witness who was driving in the area observed Wilmer running north on 10 Street, stop and throw the handgun into a storm drain and continue running north.   He was then observed discarding a coat and hat into a creek north of Shawnee Street on 10th.  The handgun, hat and coat were retrieved by Leavenworth Police Officers.   Forensic testing by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation found that DNA on those items matched the DNA of Wilmer.  A jury convicted Wilmer of all four of these counts in September of 2016.