Theft charges filed against former Missouri municipal clerk
CARL JUNCTION (AP) — A fired southwest Missouri municipal court clerk has been charged with a felony after more than $65,000 went missing under her watch.
Fifty-nine-year-old Cynthia Troutman, of Neosho, was charged Tuesday with stealing in Jasper County. No attorney is listed for her in online court records.
Carl Junction officials asked for a state audit after a judge noticed discrepancies that the former clerk couldn't explain. The state auditor's office says files appeared to be intentionally disorganized and that poor accounting allowed the missing money to go unnoticed for years.
The audit found the clerk didn't deposit $65,373 worth of payments to the court. Auditors believe another $30,000 could also be missing.
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says in a statement that people in positions of public trust "must be held accountable."