Ex-Carter County official gets probation for stealing

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VAN BUREN, Mo. (AP) _ A former county official in southeast Missouri has been placed on probation for stealing property tax money.

Jennifer Clark-Williams was the Carter County collector for 13 years before resigning in October 2012. She pleaded guilty in January to misdemeanor stealing. The Poplar Bluff Daily American Republic reports that Clark-Williams was sentenced Monday.

Special prosecutor Steve Sokoloff says Clark-Williams has paid full restitution of nearly $30,000. The amount covered not only the missing money but the cost of an audit and overtime costs for research to determine how much was taken.

An investigation began after a 2009 state audit.
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Information from: Daily American Republic