A former Kansas City police sergeant pleaded guilty Thursday in Platte County Circuit Court to stealing more than $75,000 from his mother.
Mark Stinson, 44, who worked for the department for 17 years, was ordered to pay $76,055 in restitution. Circuit Judge Abe Shafer placed Stinson on five years probation but suspended imposition of the sentence. If Stinson successfully completes probation, the convictions will be removed from his public record.
Stinson was charged in July for misappropriating money that belonged to his 67-year-old mother.
At the time he was charged, Stinson worked in the capital improvements section and was the project supervisor for land acquisition and other efforts related to the new East Patrol Station and Crime Lab project, which is being built near 27th Street and Prospect Avenue.
His attorney, John P. O’Connor, declined to comment Thursday. Stinson no longer works for the Police Department, officials said.
Prosecutors said Stinson was given the authority to control his mother’s financial affairs after she signed power of attorney over to him in July 2004, following the death of her husband.
Over a two-year period beginning in 2008, Stinson used his mother’s money to supplement his family’s income.
Stinson wrote checks totaling $66,390 to himself or to cash and distributed more than $9,600 for his personal expenses. He allegedly used $5,300 of his mother’s money for car repairs and paid out almost $1,800 to friends, prosecutors said.
He also stopped paying his mother’s rent at The Gardens at Barry Road, an assisted living complex. She was evicted in March 2011, according to prosecutors.
The Gardens tried to contact Stinson about the payments from November 2010 to March 2011 but received no response. His mother was liable for more than $12,000 to The Gardens and more than $9,000 to Uvanta Pharmacy.
While overseeing the East Patrol project, Stinson did not have spending authority. Before that assignment, he worked in the department’s homeland security unit, where he helped develop a crime analysis and accountability program, according to police.