State says Cooper County Clerk siphoned public funds for personal pick-up

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf, according to a press release.

This is the third corruption prosecution against public officials by Hawley’s Public Corruption Team. Kempf is charged with failure to furnish a return, receiving stolen property, and stealing.

Hawley’s office alleges Kempf unlawfully obtained a vehicle that was being leased by Cooper County, and then intentionally withheld a sales tax return on the vehicle. Hawley’s office also says Kempf improperly used county funds to pay off the lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra. Kempf titled the vehicle with the Missouri Department of Revenue in the name of Cooper County.  Days later, Kempf filled out a Missouri Department of Revenue Affidavit, declaring that Cooper County was gifting the truck to Kempf.

Kempf’s case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office following investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. The State Auditor’s Office also assisted with the case.

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