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Highland woman accused of healthcare embezzlement

Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:45 Published in Local News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southwestern Illinois woman who served as an executive of a business that provides visiting nurses and hospice services for Missouri and Illinois patients is accused of embezzling about $600,000 for personal use.
A federal grand jury in St. Louis has charged 49-year-old Susan Winebarger of Highland, Ill., with two counts of wire fraud.
Authorities say Winebarger was a chief financial officer and later chief executive of VNA-TIP of Bridgeton, Mo.
Investigators allege that from January 2008 and last December, she issued checks to herself from company accounts and hid the embezzlement by altering bank statements and internal financial reports.
She's also accused of withholding money that should have gone to employees' retirement accounts.
 

Madison County prosecutor lobbies for cupcakes

Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:32 Published in Local News
TROY, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois prosecutor is lobbying for a girl whose home-based cupcake business was shut down because she didn't have a commercial kitchen.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says he wants to amend a state law on sixth-grader Chloe Stirling's behalf. The two-year-old law allows people to make certain food items in a home kitchen to sell to the public if the food was to be sold at a farmers' market.
The girl had been selling her cupcakes to raise money to buy a car someday. But the county's health department shut down her operation last month after concluding her kitchen wasn't a commercial one requiring a permit and inspection.
The county's public health administrator insists existing laws are "excellent."
 
 

Missouri unemployment benefits may be trimmed

Thursday, 13 February 2014 09:19 Published in Local News

Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure that would tie jobless benefits to the state's unemployment rate.  

Senate Bill 673 would allow unemployed Missourians to collect the current 20-weeks of benefits only if the unemployment rate is at nine-percent or higher.  

If the rate dips below 6.5-percent, jobless claims would be limited to just 13 weeks or about three months. That's half of the 26-weeks of benefits that the state allowed before 2011.  

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce reports that prior to recession, the average number of benefit weeks was 15  --  two more than the current 5.9-percent rate would allow under the proposal.

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