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Missouri Attorney General to drop stolen property charge against Cass County official

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The Missouri Attorney General’s Office is dropping a stolen property case that was filed against a Cass County elected official.

Melody A. Folsom, the county’s public administrator, was charged last year with one count of receiving stolen property after an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Investigators found that Folsom allegedly ordered an employee to falsify a purchase order and claimed a false reimbursement from the county for more than $700.

Folsom, a Republican, was re-elected to a third term in 2016.

She pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The case was scheduled to go to trial Dec. 10 in Jackson County.

The case was being prosecuted by a special prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office led by Josh Hawley.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed paperwork to dismiss the case on Nov. 9 in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to court records.

Three days earlier, Hawley had been elected to the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 election. He is to officially leave office Jan. 3.

Hawley will be replaced by Eric Schmitt, who currently serves as the state’s treasurer. Schmitt is expected to carry out the remainder of Hawley’s term ending in 2021.

The attorney general’s office did not give a reason for dismissing the case.

A spokeswoman for the office said she could not comment on the case.

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