Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Report: Cole County (MO) Ambulance Purchases Under FBI Investigation

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a controversial purchase of ambulances for Cole County (MO), according to a report.

Federal investigators called commissioners last week about the commission’s decision to stop buying ambulances from a company connected to Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, the News Tribune reports.

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The county had been buying ambulances from Osage Ambulances since 2009. One of the owners of that company includes a brother of Kehoe. In 2018 and 2019, county commissioners voted to purchase new ambulances from Demers, according to the report.

During those two years, the county received quotes through a pricing model that have already been vetted by a federally approved procurement sourcing agency.

Lt. Gov. Kehoe had said previously he thought the county’s purchasing process was unfair because Osage wasn’t given the opportunity to bid for the business.