Auditor: $7K in possible fraud by former collector

1 year 8 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 07 2016 Dec 7, 2016 Wednesday, December 07, 2016 12:52:19 PM CST December 07, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

HARTVILLE (AP) — The state auditor says an audit shows new possible fraud by a former county collector who recently pleaded guilty to forgery.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Wednesday in a release that the audit shows "new inappropriate and potentially fraudulent activities" by former Wright County Collector Cynthia Cottengim. Cottengim resigned in July after pleading guilty to forging nearly $500 worth of checks from county accounts.

Galloway says it now appears the total amount mishandled during Cottengim's tenure as collector is likely to exceed $7,000.

The audit report says among other things that Cottengim allowed about $6,500 in property tax breaks to herself, family members and others and adjusted records to reduce delinquent property tax penalties owed by her, family members and others.

A lawyer listed for Cottengim declined comment.

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