Two former executives of a Springfield based charity have been indicted for their parts in a multi-million dollar public corruption scheme.
Bontiea Burnedette Goss, 63, and her husband Tommy Ray “Tom” Goss, 63, are facing a 32-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Springfield. The Gosses were high level executives with Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., formerly Alternative Opportunities, Inc.).
The indictment states the Gosses were part of a conspiracy from 2005 to 2017 to embezzle and misapply the funds of a charitable organization that received federal funds. They’re also accused of paying bribes and kickbacks to elected officials including an Arkansas state senator. The indictment says in exchange for the bribes the officials made sure legislation and official actions benefited the charity.
The Gosses are also accused of using charity funds for their personal benefit including paying for chartered flights from their home in Colorado to Springfield, charging inflated prices to the charity to lease vehicles from the couple’s for-profit companies, and using charity funds to pay for personal services like child and pet care, groceries and snow shoveling services.
The indictments, part of a two-and-a-half year investigation, were announced today by the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.