Audit Finds Missing; Illegally Collected Money in Wellston

WELLSTON (KMOX) — The Wellston Municipal Court system has a lot of problems, according to Missouri state auditor Nicole Galloway.

Galloway said the court was illegally collecting $2 on all court cases to benefit domestic violence shelters. Galloway doesn’t know where that nearly $5,000 went due to poor record keeping.

“The city council did not approve this surcharge as it should have to be in accordance with Missouri law,” Galloway told KMOX News.

Galloway’s audit also found the city used $90,000 from its bond bank account to lease police cars, that fund itself was also short by $280,000.

The court also collected fees for cases that were dismissed — which is against state law — and the city still hasn’t recalled 21,000 active warrants.

“That can really have an impact on people’s lives if they get pulled over and those active warrants haven’t been recalled, as ordered by the judge,” Galloway said.

The Wellston Municipal Court received a “poor” rating, which means Galloway’s team will audit the system yearly until the problems are fixed.

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