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Warren K. Parker, 70, Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud

Warren K. Parker, 70, Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud

April 13, 2012

Construction Company Owner Admits He Was No War Hero, No Service-Disabled Veteran

The owner of a Missouri construction company has pleaded guilty to defrauding a federal program that set aside contracts for businesses owned by service-disabled veterans, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Warren K. Parker, 70, Blue Springs, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States, one count of major program fraud, one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of making a false statement.

In his plea, Parker admitted he falsely claimed to be a service-disabled veteran and a war hero in order to obtain more than $6.7 million in contracts from the Veterans Administration and more than $748,000 in contracts from the Department of Defense. The contracts were awarded under the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program.

After an extensive investigation, federal agents determined that Parker and his company, Silver Star Construction LLC of Blue Springs, Mo., and Stilwell, Kan., fraudulently claimed Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business status in order to obtain federal government contracts. In fact, Parker never was classified as a service-disabled veteran by the Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense.

In March 2011, Parker submitted a fraudulent resume in which he manufactured a history as a war hero, including a record of service in Vietnam, claiming he was awarded three Silver Stars, three Purple Heart Medals and other citations. State and federal records show that Parker served in the Missouri National Guard from 1963 to 1968, he spent six months on active duty. In 1968 he was honorably discharged as a Senior Engineer Equipment Mechanic with the rank of Specialist E-5. His only decoration was an expert rifle badge. He never left the state of Missouri while on active duty or while assigned to the Missouri National Guard.

Parker pleaded guilty to the forfeiture counts of the indictment which will result in a $6.8 million judgment being entered against him in favor of the United States. He also agreed the immediate forfeiture of personal property, including a notebook Parker labeled “Book of Death” which contained list of Vietnam war “sniper kills.” Sentencing is set for June 16. Parker faces a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

Co-defendants who are awaiting trial include:
Mary Parker, 67, Blue Springs, Mo.
Michael J. Parker, 37, Blue Springs, Mo.
Thomas Whitehead, 59, Leawood, Kan.
Silver Star Construction, LLC

Grissom commended the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division and the General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt for their work on the case.

 

 

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  1. Michael F. Finamore Sr. says:
    April 14th, 2012 at 21:35
    I AM a United States Air Force veteran, and over the past 30 years I have tried to obtain loans from the SBA several times, and with NO success.
    It is people like this lying thief that make REAL veterans have to go through years of red tape and refusals to get anything from the Government!
    This individual should be prosecuted to the FULLEST EXTENT of the law, and JAILED!
    A firing squad would be too easy a way out for this back-shooting snake-in-the-grass!
  2. Michael says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 19:48
    I know this scum-bag, his theiving wife and their scum-bag son Michael. They deserve everything they get for this. These crooks have been stealing form residents and businesses of Blue Springs for decades. I was SOOOOOOO HAPPY to hear that they finally got caught by the feds. I am not surprised that they stole from our veterans as well. They have no morals and absolutely no scruples either. All three of them (Warren, Mary and Michael) Burn in hell you sleezoids! Hahahahahah......
  3. Karen says:
    June 17th, 2013 at 13:41
    He built our house in Blue Springs, I sold his new construction in Blue Springs
    He was a arrogant ass and better than anyone
    What happened to his other son?
  4. joyce says:
    November 18th, 2014 at 15:08
    are all in jail now? I hope they serve full sentences. never in my life did I hear of such terrible people who thought they were better than everyone else and bragging on it.....one time they left me a dollar tip after waiting on them and delivering lunch to their office for 5 years

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