Miller achieves ’Circle of Success’


Anita K. Miller, CFP, APMA, CRPC, has qualified for the Ameriprise Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2020. Miller is a private wealth adviser with Ironstone Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Newton.


To earn this achievement, Miller and her team have established themselves among the company’s top advisers. Only a select number of high-performing advisers earn this distinction.


Miller has 22 years of experience Ameriprise Financial. She works together with financial advisors Angela Holt, CFP, BFA, APMA, Hannah Hahn and Emily Page.


Kansas officials to provide information to small businesses


MANHATTAN — Officials of two lead Kansas agencies responding to the COVID-19 outbreak will provide information for small businesses online at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, as part of K-State Research and Extension’s First Friday monthly webinar series. The call will be recorded and archived.


The session, to be conducted via Zoom, is free and open to anyone interested in resources available to the public, particularly small businesses and employees in Kansas affected by the global pandemic.


Speakers include Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland; Kansas Secretary of Labor Delia Garcia; and Laurel Klein Searles, Kansas director of unemployment services.


“Kansas has responded quickly to the concerns of small businesses and employees who have lost their livelihoods because of COVID-19,” said Nancy Knopp Daniels, community vitality specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “This call occurs every month in support of small business, but this month we have a special edition to highlight these response programs.”


She noted that a record 3.3 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the past week, which eclipsed the previous record of 695,000 new claims in 1982.


To participate, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/2636377104; or One-Tap Mobile, + 13462487799,,2636377104#.


More information about First Friday e-Calls is available online or by contacting Daniels at 785-410-6352 or nkdaniels@ksu.edu.


U.S. attorney urges public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud


KANSAS CITY, KAN. — U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister of the District of Kansas today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF email address disaster@leo.gov.


In coordination with the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed U.S. attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of coronavirus fraud schemes.


“We’re open for business and our mission is to protect the public,” McAllister said. “We will prosecute anyone seeking to profit unlawfully from the public’s fear of COVID-19.”


Some examples of these schemes include:


• Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.


• Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


• Malicious websites and apps that appear to share coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.


• Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.


• Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.


In a memorandum to U.S. attorneys issued March 19, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen also directed each U.S. attorney to appoint a coronavirus fraud coordinator to serve as the legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the coronavirus, direct the prosecution of coronavirus-related crimes, and to conduct outreach and awareness activities. The District of Kansas coronavirus fraud coordinator is Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask.


The NCDF can receive and enter complaints into a centralized system that can be accessed by all U.S. Attorneys, as well as Justice Department litigating and law enforcement components to identify, investigate and prosecute fraud schemes. The NCDF coordinates complaints with 16 additional federal law enforcement agencies, as well as state attorneys general and local authorities.


To find more about Department of Justice resources and information, visit www.justice.gov/coronavirus.


KDOT’s Cost Share Program deadline postponed


The deadline to submit project applications for the second round of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Cost Share Program has been postponed to May 18.


“Given the impacts of COVID-19 on communities across Kansas, we want to give our partners more time to develop and submit their Cost Share applications,” said KDOT Secretary Julie Lorenz. “Getting infrastructure investments into the Kansas economy and putting people back to work will be a top priority of COVID-19 recovery.”


The Cost Share Program is designed to provide financial assistance that leverages state funding with local and private funding for projects related to economic development as well as job growth and retention. It will provide funding to local entities for construction projects that improve safety, increase the total transportation investment and help both rural and urban areas of the state improve their transportation system.


A minimum of 15% non-state cash match is required. Additional consideration will be given to project applications that commit more than the minimum required match amount. A portion of this funding is part of the remaining one-time $50 million approved this fiscal year by the Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly.


All transportation projects are eligible, including roadway (on and off the state system), rail, airport, bicycle/pedestrian and public transit. They must be construction projects that address an important transportation need such as promoting safety, improving access or mobility, improving condition or relieving congestion. Selection criteria will include consideration of projects that meet program objectives, eligibility categories and requirements. Geographic distribution will also be considered during project selection.