Heartland Businessman Claims False Heritage - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, MO

Heartland Businessman Claims False Heritage

 

 

 

Heartland Businessman Claims False Heritage
By: Randal Kamm

 

(Poplar Bluff, MO)--A Poplar Bluff businessman who pretended to be an American Indian has agreed to pay a half million dollar fine.

47-year old Michael Persons, owner of KAJACS Contractors Inc., got $17-million in federal contracts after claiming he was a descendant of the Cherokee tribe.

He was accepted as a member of the tribe in 1998, claiming to be related to a Cherokee named Mary White.

However, an investigation revealed that she is not the same Mary White who was accepted by the tribe as proof of Persons' heritage.

It turns out the whole thing was just a scheme.

Persons claimed to be a Native American so he could bid on building contracts intended for economically and socially disadvantaged businesses.

A hoax that will cost Persons $500,000 in federal fines.

 

 

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • ISP investigating officer-involved shooting

    ISP investigating officer-involved shooting

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-08-22 03:14:34 GMT
    Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Aug. 21. (Source: KFVS)Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Aug. 21. (Source: KFVS)

    Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Aug. 21.

    Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Aug. 21.

  • Leaders with Mid-Continent Nail meet with Commerce Secretary

    Leaders with Mid-Continent Nail meet with Commerce Secretary

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 10:51 PM EDT2018-08-22 02:51:05 GMT
    Mid Contenent Nail in Poplar Bluff (Source: KFVS)Mid Contenent Nail in Poplar Bluff (Source: KFVS)

    Representatives from a struggling nail factory in Poplar Bluff, Missouri were in Washington DC on August 21, hoping to get help from the head of the Commerce Department.

    Representatives from a struggling nail factory in Poplar Bluff, Missouri were in Washington DC on August 21, hoping to get help from the head of the Commerce Department.

  • First Alert: Expect temps in the 70s this evening

    First Alert: Expect temps in the 70s this evening

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-08-21 22:16:04 GMT
    Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)
    Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)Tuesday's cool down will last through the week (Source: James Gullage of Humboldt, TN)

    Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s.

    Temperatures this evening will fall through the 70s.

Powered by Frankly