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Ambulance Director Charged with Misusing Official Information

The President of Northland Regional Ambulance District Kevin N. Rawlings has been charged with misusing official information in a land transaction. Rawlings allegedly had prior knowledge that the district was looking at the land to build a new ambulance station.
(PLATTE COUNTY, Mo.) The President of Northland Regional Ambulance District Kevin N. Rawlings, 40, has been charged with misusing information in a land transaction.

Platte County Prosecutors charged Rawlings on Feb. 1 following an investigation by the county's Sheriff's Department finding that Rawlings allegedly purchased land in an area where he knew the ambulance district was planning to build.

In April 2010, he bought 34 acres of land for $130,000, and later resold a portion of the land to the district for $175,000, which according to court documents an appraiser valued the land at $30,600.

Rawlings pocketed $144,000 in the transaction.

According to court documents, Rawlings allegedly has known since 2008 that the district planned to build a new station in the area of U Highway and the Camden Point exit of I-29.

In October 2010, the NRAD board voted to begin negotiations to purchase two acres of the land owned by Rawlings.

The board directed an appraisal of the land to be completed; however, court documents indicate that no appraisal was ever completed.

During a November 15, 2010 Board meeting closed to the public, NRAD's attorney suggested that bid specifications be drawn to solicit bids from the public for property in the Camden Point area.

Bids were posted in the local newspapers, but Rawlings was the only person to make a formal bid.

In addition, negotiations to purchase the property from Rawlings had allegedly begun prior to the bid posting.

When another potential land seller in the area came forward, Rawlings allegedly directed Thomas to reply that NRAD already has "a contract on [the] ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids.

Court documents indicate the Missouri Ethics Commission also investigated the transaction.

A court date has not yet be set.

If convicted, Rawlings faces up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
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