A state audit reveals how a couple mismanaged a Missouri Bootheel government department for years.

The city of Malden asked former State Auditor Nicole Galloway to investigate the Dunklin County Sewer District. The investigation continued into the tenure of current Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick, who released the results on Tuesday.

The audit found over $150,000 in funds missing and misappropriated from the Dunklin County Sewer District. Specifically, at least $62,579 were missing and/or misappropriated from January 1, 2017 to March 5, 2021, and an additional $98,096 was not deposited during this time frame and is also likely missing, according to the report.

During that time period, Korey Adams served as the Board President of the Dunklin County Sewer District while his wife Jennifer was employed as the district bookkeeper. That by itself is a nepotism violation as stated in the Missouri Constitution. Cash deposits totaling $29,146 were found in the couple’s personal bank accounts during the same time period.

Korey and Jennifer Adams are no longer employed by Dunklin County.

The full audit can be viewed here.

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