Missouri State House Hearing Continues in Department of Revenue Case
JEFFERSON CITY - Hearings continued at the state capitol Thursday concerning the Department of Revenue's unlawful compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. In October 2012, the Western District Court of Missouri indicted five people for selling fake driver's licenses and identification cards through the St. Joseph licensing office, using other peoples' birth certificates and Social Security information on electronic file.
Department Investigator David Wickerham took the stand Thursday as a witness; he was a part of the criminal investigation in St. Joseph. Wickerham said the Missouri State Highway Patrol took over investigation of the case, but he was unsure why. Wickerham said the State Highway Patrol was also unsure why they were relieving the department of investigation.
Committee Chair Rep. Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia) said subpoenas were successfully delivered to administration members Doug Nelson, Kristy Manning, Jeff Harris, Chris Pieper and Peter Lyskowski, and current Administrative Hearing Committee member and former Revenue Department director Alana Barragan-Scott. However, none of them appeared at the hearing at their requested time of hearing at 10 a.m. Cox received a letter from Doug Nelson's office saying, "...the five individuals identified in your June 21 letter have responsibilities related to the imminent constitutional deadlines for the budget and pending legislation that will prevent them from being present on June 27."
"I can understand that people are busy, I can understand that people need to schedule other convenient times, but that's not the case here," Cox said. "
Still scheduled for hearing today is Department of Revenue director John Mollenkamp.