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Cass County circuit clerk faces two misdemeanor criminal charges

Updated: 2013-09-18T06:19:56Z

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on Tuesday filed criminal misdemeanor charges against Cass County Circuit Clerk Amy Bell, alleging she failed to properly manage records and funds.

Koster also filed a civil lawsuit that seeks to remove Bell from office.

According to documents, Koster is accusing Bell of failing to pay the circuit court’s bills on time and not filing paperwork necessary for an insurance claim regarding funds allegedly stolen by a deputy clerk.

In addition, Koster says Bell hired a close friend to oversee special projects in her office and paid the friend though the work was never completed, resulting in the loss of numerous court documents.

Bell, who has been suspended from her duties, has 10 days to file a response in the case.

| Donald Bradley, dbradley@kcstar.com

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