Former Saline County sheriff sentenced for stealing public funds
MARSHALL – A former Saline County sheriff was sentenced Tuesday for stealing nearly $79,000 in public funds.
The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Tammy Dickinson, announced Wednesday that Wallace George, Jr., took checks issued by the state meant to reimburse prisoner expenses and used them for personal use.
The former sheriff opened a personal checking account at Wood & Huston Bank in Marshall. Between Jan. 28, 2010 and June 30, 2015, George cashed, partially deposited or deposited 34 reimbursement checks into his personal bank account.
George admitted to stealing $78,911 and was sentenced to nine months in federal prison without parole. He will begin serving his sentence on March 24, 2017.
He paid $51,162 in restitution to Saline County, along with $27,749 in restitution to the state as required by his plea agreement.
Before resigning in February 2016, George was the longest-serving sheriff in Missouri, serving 36 years in Saline County.
On Feb. 9, 2016, George pleaded guilty to one count of stealing from an organization that receives federal funds.