Former Smith Co. Treasurer Named KS Vehicle Fraud Prevention Specialist


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Kansas Division of Vehicles Director David Harper announced Tuesday the appointment of a new specialist to investigate reports of vehicle title and driver’s license fraud.

Mark Schemm will serve as Vehicle Fraud and Prevention Specialist in the Division of Vehicles. His responsibilities include investigating internal and external fraudulent activity involving motor vehicle and driver license records and documents, assisting identity theft victims, and training authorized personnel and law enforcement agencies to recognize fake documents.

“This role is designed to uphold integrity, responsibility, and accountability for documents we issue in the Division of Vehicles, including driver, identity and motor vehicle credentials,” Harper said. “Mark’s experience makes him a perfect fit for the job.”

Schemm is a former Kansas State Trooper and Smith County Treasurer. Prior to this appointment, he served as Vehicle Services Title and Registration Manager in the Division of Vehicles.

As Vehicle Fraud and Prevention Specialist he will examine documents for authenticity, and provide evidence to support criminal prosecutions or administrative sanctions. The new unit will also support state government operations and procedures within the Kansas Department of Revenue Division of Vehicles and partner with local, state, tribal and federal agencies in the detection and prevention of criminal activity nationwide.

“The goal is to be a trusted partner in fraud investigation and prevention so that Kansas documents continue to be recognized locally and nationally as secure and reliable,” Harper said.

To report fraudulent activity or to schedule a fraud prevention presentation, call Schemm at (785) 296-3054 or email Mark.Schemm@ks.gov.


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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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