In a press release received from Tyler Wheeler, Monroe City Police Chief, on September 29 at approximately 9:30 a.m. The Lake Gazette has learned of an internal investigation that was conducted Monday, September 18, 2017, which discovered numerous fine payments and numerous bond monies in a locked safe in the Police Department. The fine monies were dated from 2007 to 2016.
These monies were the Court Clerks responsibility to record and receipt in proper itemized budget accounts. It should be noted the transactions were never done and the total amount is approximately $8,000. Wheeler acted immediately and contacted the Missouri State Auditor’s Office, the Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA), City Attorney John Wilcox, Mayor Neal Minor, the Honorable Associate Judge Michael P. Wilson and the Honorable Presiding Judge Rachel Bringer Shepard.
The previous court clerk was placed on administrative leave and was later terminated for violation of City policies and procedures, mishandling of funds and knowingly withholding information.
OSCA has been on-site and is reviewing past court records and receipts to assist with the found payments and bonds for a future Audit if plausible. This is an on-going investigation and no other information can be released at this time.