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Trial set in case against Cass County official accused of receiving stolen funds

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

A jury trial has been set in the case of a Cass County elected official charged with receiving stolen property, a Class A misdemeanor.

Melody Folsom, the county's public administrator, is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 10.

Court records said one of Folsom's employees was paid $400 to clean an estate in 2014. The next year, Folsom allegedly ordered the employee to falsify a purchase order and claimed a false reimbursement from the county for $725.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol questioned her about the money on March 29, 2016. She immediately wrote a personal check to the county treasurer's office for the same amount, court records said.

Last May, a special prosecutor from the state attorney general’s office filed a felony charge against Folsom in Cass County Circuit Court. The charge was amended to a misdemeanor in December, and the case has since been transferred to Jackson County.

She has pleaded not guilty and is set to appear at the Jackson County Courthouse with Circuit Court Judge David Byrn presiding.

If found guilty, Folsom could face up to one year in the county jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Since the charge was filed, Folsom has remained in office. She was re-elected to a third term as public administrator in 2016.

The job of the public administrator is to act as the court-appointed guardian or conservator for minors or people with mental or physical disabilities.

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