Schweich Releases Audit of Miner Municipal Court

Miner Municipal Court Audit Report

State Auditor Tom Schweich released the audit of the Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit, City of Miner Municipal Division (located in Mississippi and Scott Counties) today.

In the areas audited, the overall performance of this entity was Poor.

In July and August 2014, audit procedures identified discrepancies between accounting and deposit records, and Schweich's office determined monies totaling at least $14,398 were missing. Receipts totaling $12,398 recorded on 108 receipt slips issued by the municipal division for fines and court costs and the police department for bonds, and transmitted to the city were not deposited.

After the initial receipt discrepancy was discussed with municipal division and city personnel in July 2014, changes were made to the city's electronic receipt report to alter receipt amounts previously recorded. Schweich's auditors determined amounts recorded for 19 receipt slips, totaling $2,000 were altered when compared to the city's original electronic report. The city prosecuting attorney contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate possible missing monies. The city clerk was suspended with pay on Sept. 19, 2014, terminated by the city on Oct. 3, 2014 and charged with felony theft/stealing on Dec. 22, 2014.

To read the full report, visit here.