On behalf of The Law Office of Gregory N. Smith
Audit in Missouri City Leads to Fraud Accusations
When a job requires a person to handle money — especially municipal money — the employee could be vulnerable to criminal allegations should money later turn up missing, regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately, a man who served as the manager of one Missouri city’s accounts now finds himself facing accusations of fraud. The accusations followed an audit.
The man who now faces criminal charges served as the city’s police chief for approximately 10 years before serving as the manager of the city’s accounts. Reports indicate that the Missouri state auditor conducted the investigation and allegedly found that several thousand dollars were missing. The official has stated that a zero policy tolerance from such actions exists.
Reports indicate that the city of Glasgow should have brought in $3,800 in bulk water sells during a four year time period. However, the city allegedly only received just over $550. Law enforcement officials additionally claim that a check was written to the man for over $1,000 with no evidence that the funds were used for their intended purchase. Officials also claim that the man directed city employees to pay his personal credit card with city funds, with it allegedly being determined that $4,000 in payments were improper and included video game subscriptions. As a result, the man faces a charge of felony stealing.
Unfortunately, accusations of fraud and other crimes can leave people facing multiple critical decisions that will likely have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. Because of this, those in Missouri who have found themselves in such a situation want to ensure that they have a professional with experience with such cases guiding their choices. With such a professional, those facing criminal accusations feel more prepared to make decisions that are appropriate to their individual situations.