Former Callaway Co. tax collector sentenced for embezzling

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A former central Missouri tax collector has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling about $300,000 in taxpayer funds.

KOMU-TV reports that former Callaway County Collector Pamela Oestreich was sentenced Monday in federal court in Jefferson City. She pleaded guilty in September to one count of stealing. She must pay back the money.

U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison says Oestreich, of Fulton, took taxpayer money for her personal use on more than 100 occasions starting in 2015.

Oestreich resigned March 15 after being confronted by investigators. State Auditor Nicole Galloway has said that Oestreich used a “shell game” to transfer money among various accounts and try to cover her tracks.

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