- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who defrauded federal programs for disabled military veterans out of more than $7.4 million has been sentenced to prison.

Michael Parker, of Blue Springs, was sentenced Thursday to four years and three months in prison. Prosecutors say Parker, who co-owned a construction business, used false claims to win government contracts on work targeted for businesses owned by disabled military veterans.

Parker and his father, Warren Parker, owned Silver Star Construction. They claimed Warren Parker was a disabled veteran, which investigators learned was not true.

Michael Parker was for conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, major program fraud and wire fraud.

Warren Parker was previously sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

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