by Jon Schuessler
Schuyler County is a fairly rural area. One does not think of the mind-boggling sums of money that are available to politicians in metropolitan areas.
Yet Kathy Sue Roberts, by playing the long game with patience, managed to steal more money than some of the big-city crooks of St. Louis.
Roberts was elected Schuyler County Clerk before she was thirty. She remained in that position for 25 years. For the first five years, she did nothing unusual. But starting in January of 1992, she began to slowly steal taxes.
Whenever taxes were paid in cash, Roberts pocketed the money. She would issue receipts anyway, and prevent delinquent notices from being sent. As far as the taxpayers were concerned, they were paid up.
This went on for more than twenty years, netting over half a million dollars.The Aftermath:
In August of 2011, Kathy Sue Roberts’ scheme ended. That December, she pled guilty in a federal court to mail fraud. She was sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to repay $568,974.(Click here for the FBI report of Roberts' conviction)
Jon Schuessler is a Volunteer leader in Jefferson County, and the chairman for Missouri Volunteers for Government Reform, a Political Action Committee (PAC) of the Volunteer Movement. Click here to read his bio or contact him.