March 26, 2014 9:56 PM

Audit imperils program that prosecutes ‘cold case’ sex offenders

Auditors for the U.S. Department of Justice accused Jackson County prosecutors and Kansas City police of spending, or planning to spend, more than $1.3 million in cold-case grant money on cases that should not have qualified under the grant agreements. The money was to have been spent researching violent-crime cold cases closed between 1972 and 2005 for which investigators had retained biological evidence that could be subjected to DNA testing, auditors wrote.

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