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State Auditor finds tens of thousands stolen from sheriff's office

(MGN Online)

The State Auditor’s Office is working with law enforcement to pursue criminal charges in what appears to have been a theft of tens of thousands of dollars from a northeast Missouri county.

An audit initiated at the request of the sheriff revealed at least $26,000 stolen from the Chariton County Sheriff’s Office over a nearly two-year period. The audit found money went missing from July 2015 through May 2017 that should have been deposited in the sheriff’s fee account or inmate account. The jail administrator is responsible for both accounts.

“When public dollars abused, my office stands ready to offer resources to assist law enforcement and ensure those responsible are held accountable,” Galloway said in a statement. “This audit can serve as a tool to strengthen processes within the sheriff’s office to prevent and quickly identify questionable activity in the future.”

The report notes that the auditor’s office is working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on possible criminal prosecution.

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