Employee accused of stealing nearly $18,000 from sheriff's office
MORGAN COUNTY - After several weeks of investigation by Morgan County detectives, authorities said Monday prosecutors have charged a former Morgan County employee with several counts of felony stealing when the investigation revealed missing money at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.
A release from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office said they arrested 45-year-old Tami Davis at her home in Versailles Friday on seven counts of felony stealing stemming from "an investigation into missing funds from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office from January 2013 though October 2014."
The probable cause statement said Davis was the sheriff's secretary at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and had one of two keys to the lock box where the jail kept bond money.
Morgan County Sheriff Jim Petty said he didn't have any reason to suspect Davis. "I tried to monitor what was going on; we just didn't catch it," said Petty.
According to detectives, the missing money totaled $17,862.83 from 53 cash bonds that had not been deposited into the sheriff's office's bank account. Detectives said Davis was using non-cash reimbursement money to pad the sheriff's office's bank account and repay the court, but the office slowly accrued debt with the Morgan County Treasurer's Office.
Court documents said because of the way in which Davis managed to steal the money, the sheriff's office's bank account doesn't have enough money to pay back the Morgan County Treasurer's Office the $12,443.70 it now owes due to the theft. Petty said he doesn't know yet how the office will repay the debt.
The release said the Morgan County prosecuting attorney requested a special prosecutor from Laclede County to prosecute the case.
As of Monday, Davis was in the Pettis County Adult Detention Center. Petty said there is a potential for more charges as the investigation continues.
[Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect the most recent information.]