Husband of former Moniteau County Assessor charged

1 week 4 days 8 hours ago Tuesday, February 11 2020 Feb 11, 2020 Tuesday, February 11, 2020 1:44:00 PM CST February 11, 2020 in News
By: Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter
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CALIFORNIA - Prosecutors filed charges on Monday against the husband of a former Moniteau County official who is accused of misusing public money.

Justin Trimble is facing two misdemeanor charges for fraudulent use of a credit or debit device and stealing.

While investigating Trimble's wife, former Moniteau County assessor Amanda Timble, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigators found 123 suspicious gas purchases using a county gas card. According to a probable cause statment, surveillance video shows Justin Trimble using the card four times. 

Amanda Trimble resigned her post in December after the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office began investigating a whistleblower complaint sent to the Missouri State Auditor's Office in November claiming she misused county credit cards.

Investigators found Trimble used county funds for several personal trips that did not involve county business and submitted altered documents and invoices for reimbursement and payment for those trips. 

In October, she used a county credit card to purchase two American Airlines tickets for a flight to Dallas, totaling $446.20. She said the trip was for training with a mapping software used by the office, but investigators found the company did not hold any training session while she was in Texas. Instead, investigators believe Trimble and her sister went to Texas to celebrate a friend's birthday.

In total, Amanda Trimble is accused of spending more than $4800 in county money on personal expenses. She was charged on January 29 with forgery, stealing, filing false documents and fraudulent use of a credit/debit service during her time as the county assessor on.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned on March 26.

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