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KCMO Police Officer Charged With Stealing $75K

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP)- A 43-year-old Kansas City police officer has been accused of stealing about $75,000 from his mother.

The Platte County prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that Sgt. Mark Stinson is charged with misappropriating funds from his 67-year-old mother, a nursing home resident.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd says the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigated the case.

Zahnd says Stinson had been authorized to control his mother’s financial affairs since 2004, and that he’s accused of writing checks totaling about $66,000 payable to himself or to cash and distributing nearly $10,000 for personal expenses. Zahn also says Stinson is accused of not paying his mother’s rent, resulting in her eviction in March 2011.

A lawyer listed in court records as representing Stinson didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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