Prosecutor seeks more time in tobacco tax case

GALENA, Kan. | Federal prosecutors have asked for more time in their case against a Galena tobacco business accused of tax fraud.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst wants to push back the current Jan. 13 court date because of the case's complexity.

Furst also has filed a motion seeking to determine if there's a conflict of interest as several defendants in the case are sharing attorneys and lead defendant Gary Hall is paying the legal expenses of many of the other defendants and witnesses.

Hall, of rural Joplin, Mo., owns Sunflower Supply Co. He and seven other people and three businesses face a 43-count indictment for defrauding the state of Oklahoma and American Indian tribes in the state of $25 million in tax revenue.