Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Law & Order

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ST. LOUIS > Man sentenced in disability fraud * William Naes, 53, who reaped $150,000 in government benefits while falsely claiming to be too disabled to work, was sentenced Thursday in federal court here to six months behind bars and six months of house arrest.

Between January 2005 and May 2013, Naes, of St. Peters, claimed a disability while working in the tax preparation business, his plea agreement says.

He faced 12 to 18 months in prison under sentencing guidelines, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Albus and Naes' public defender, Nanci McCarthy, agreed to the split, noting "ongoing health concerns." He also must pay restitution.

Naes pleaded guilty in January to theft of government funds.

His sentence will be consecutive to anything he receives for a pending St. Charles County felony charge of property damage and misdemeanors including DWI, drug charges and a driving charge.

CASEYVILLE > Shooter in holdup admits crime * Phillip W. Smith, 33, of East St. Louis, faces 25 years in prison after admitting he shot and wounded a businesswoman in a holdup in Caseyville Nov. 14.

Smith pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on Wednesday under the Hobbs Act with interference with commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Smith shot Judy Ferguson, 63, owner of Ferguson TV and Satellite Repair, on North Main Street, multiple times. She survived. Prosecutors agreed to recommend the 25-year term in exchange for the plea. Sentencing was set for Aug. 26.

ST. LOUIS > Dentist gets probation in drug case * A dentist from Fenton who used patients' names to obtain pain pills to feed his own addiction was sentenced in federal court here Thursday to three years of probation.

Dr. Kurt Morgester, 46, said he developed his addiction after undergoing surgery. His lawyer, Andrew Hale, said Morgester began prescribing the drugs himself when his doctor refused.

"He just happened to be a doctor who was a junkie," Hale told U.S. District Judge Rod Sippel.

Morgester used a series of names at a series of pharmacies to fill 85 prescriptions over the course of two years, the DEA said. …

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