ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A former clerk with the St. Louis City Assessor's Office is fired for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the city in an elaborate embezzlement scheme discovered through routine checks and balances.
Investigators say 33-year-old Krystal Oliver worked in the Personal Property Division assisting taxpayers file their personal property tax returns so they could get license plates for their vehicles. Oliver is accused of canceling tax bills that had been paid by customers causing a refund check to be sent to her friends and acquaintances.
After the checks were cashed, Oliver allegedly received a cut of the funds. Oliver, a mother of a young child had been on the job about six months and was one week away from being deemed a full-time employee.
A supervisor doing routine checks and balances discovered the theft and reported it to authorities. Freddie Dunlap, City Assessor says new security measures are in place to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
If convicted, Oliver could spend about eight years behind bars.