$300,000 Stolen from Callaway County Collector’s Office

By |2018-09-27T15:12:46-05:00September 25, 2018 3:01 pm|Local News|0 Comments

(KDKZ-TV) An audit of the Callaway County Collector’s Office found more than $300,000 was stolen from the collector’s office between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 15, 2018.

The former collector, Pam Oestreich, resigned in March amid a criminal investigation after county officials were made aware of suspicious bank activity.

During the more than two years covered by the audit, more than $244,000 in cash went missing and was not deposited. The former collector would write checks from a separate account to hide the cash shortages. The “shell” game continued when funds were moved from property tax collections to conceal the improperly issued checks used to cover the missing cash. Additionally, more than $71,000 in improper checks were issued by the former collector directly to herself.

The former collector pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges regarding the theft of public funds on Monday.

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