Cass County Democrat Missourian

Charge against Cass County elected official reduced from felony to misdemeanor

Cass County Public Administrator Melody Folsom
Cass County Public Administrator Melody Folsom Cass County

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed an amended charge in a case against a current elected official in Cass County.

Cass County Public Administrator Melody Folsom faced a felony count of receiving stolen property after she allegedly ordered an employee to falsify a purchase order and claimed a false reimbursement from the county in 2015.

A special prosecutor from the state attorney general’s office filed a felony charge against Folsom in Cass County Circuit Court in May, but the charge was amended Dec. 11 to a class A misdemeanor, according to court records.

Folsom allegedly received a reimbursement from Cass County between Nov. 25, 2015, and March 29, 2016, “knowing or believing that it had been stolen,” according to court records.

Through an attorney, Folsom entered a not-guilty plea to the charge in May.

By August, the case was transferred to Jackson County Circuit Court, and it remains pending. The defense has filed a request for a jury trial.

With the amended charge, Folsom could face up to one year in the county jail, a $1,000 fine, or both imprisonment and a fine if she’s found guilty.

When asked about the amended charge against Folsom, Loree Anne Paradise, deputy chief of staff with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, released a statement Dec. 19 without directly addressing the case against Folsom.

“We are very proud of the work of our prosecutors in the Public Corruption Unit,” Paradise said. “In public corruption cases, as in all prosecutions, our goal is to secure convictions and recover any misappropriated taxpayer funds. We make strategic trial decisions with these goals in mind.”

Kaitlyn Schwers: 816-234-7909, @kaitlynschwers