By Amy Patterson
Bowling Green Times
The former Curryville City Clerk suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from the city is scheduled to return to Pike County courts this month after her case has been delayed four times.
Erin Comer, 33, of Bowling Green, will report to the courthouse Jan. 29 for a counsel status hearing. The original hearing of this nature was scheduled for Nov. 20 of last year.
The former clerk has been charged with the class C felony of “Theft/Stealing (Value Of Property Or Services Is $500 Or More But Less Than $25,000)”. This charge could result in up to seven years in prison.
According to a probable cause statement completed by Cpl. E.T. Bartel, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the former city employee stole cash payments for court fines, sewer, water, and garbage bills.
The record shows Comer would collect money from these bills and issue a receipt, as per normal, and show the resident’s account as up-to-date. However, she would then “steal the cash payment and not mark the paid amount on the deposit ledger.”
Bartel’s statement says it was determined by additional investigation by a MSHP accountant that Comer “removed” a total of $11,965.81 from these cash payments instead of depositing the money into the City of Curryville accounts.
One representative from the Curryville city board says Comer held her position as city clerk from March of 2010 until May of 2012.
The individual says they hope to see justice served, as the city had been blamed thus far for the missing cash.
The defendant’s bond was originally posted at $10,000, but was reduced to allow a 10 percent cash or surety after a motion was made requesting the modification. The cash bond percentage was paid two days later.
Comer waived a formal arraignment last September.