Former Employee Charged for Stealing $105K from Moberly
MOBERLY - Randolph County Prosecutor Mike Fusselman has charged former Moberly Deputy Director of Finance Phyllis A. Bradshaw, 54, with felony stealing. Bradshaw allegedly stole approximately $105,000 from the City of Moberly between October 2009, and August 2010. Police said Bradshaw admitted she had been stealing cash from city deposits due to a gambling problem. She resigned from her position on September 3--the same day City Hall turned the investigation over to the Moberly Police Department.
City Manager Andrew Morris said an internal investigation began toward the end of summer after City Hall staff noticed discrepancies in several city accounts. Morris also said the city has one responsibility moving forward.
"The responsibility at this point is to investigate and to ascertain the unaccounted for money," he said. "So that was our first reaction."
Due to the amount allegedly stolen, Bradshaw faces a class B felony charge punishable by 5 to 15 years in prison. Police said Bradshaw has already repaid the city close to $90,000. Morris said the city is still looking into about $18,000 that is still unaccounted for, but that number is not set in stone.
"The investigation is not complete, so that number may expand or contract."
Regardless of the final amount, Morris said the city plans to get the money back.
"Whether it was $185,000 or $18,000 or $1,800, it's still unaccounted for money and the investigation will get to the bottom of that and, as I said, we'll seek restitution."
Fusselman filed the charges on November 9 and Moberly police arrested Bradshaw a day later. She posted $20,000 bond and was released from custody. She will be arraigned on December 7.
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