Osage Beach aldermen president faces candidacy charges

6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Friday, November 09 2018 Nov 9, 2018 Friday, November 09, 2018 3:20:00 PM CST November 09, 2018 in News
By: Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

OSAGE BEACH -  The State of Missouri has charged Osage Beach Board of Aldermen president, Jeff Bethurem, with falsely swearing he had not committed a crime for his 2016 candidacy. 

Bethurem is accused of making a "declaration of candidacy and falsely [swearing] and [signing] a document knowing the statements [weren't] true."

According to the probable cause statement, the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney's Office received documents from Osage Beach's Mayor, John Olivarri and the city's attorney Edward Rucker. 

The documents stated in September 2018 Olivarri got information from an unidentified person saying Bethurem had a previous criminal conviction. 

According to an excerpt of the "Declaration of Candidacy" reads, "I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that: I declare that I have not been convicted of or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law or the laws of this state or another state."

According to the documents Mayor Olivarri and Rucker received, Bethurem was convicted in Kiowa County, Kansas, in 1992. The information also indicated the Kansas conviction may have been expunged. 

The probable cause statement says this would prevent him from holding office as an elected official.

According to Bethurem's biography on Osage Beach's website, Bethurem is a Ward 2 aldermen.

He has not given a statement on the charges. 

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