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Dec 2015 Issue
Introduction
Part One: State of Corruption
Part Two: County Crooks
Part Three: Bad Neighbors



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Volume One, Part Two

Missouri's Politics
Entrenched Cathy
Kathy Sue Roberts
Bonnie Vulture
Bonnie Sue Lawson
Bad PoliceBad Police Jr.
Joey Kyle & Marty Brickey

Double Agent
Ed Mueth 
Old Lady Mugger
Richard Turner
December 2nd, 2015

by Jon Schuessler

Introduction | Part One | Part Two | Part Three

In part two, we shine a light on political darkness at the county level. Judges, executives, and councils who line their pockets earn a place in our Hall of Shame. It’s a section titled:

County Crooks

This issue, we’ll visit some of the more extraordinary felony cases that have occurred in the last decade. With the exception of Ed Mueth, who died in an apparent suicide, and Marty Brickey, whose case is still in a federal court, all of these county officials were convicted in a court of law.


The Half-Million Dollar Heist
The Story of Kathy Sue Roberts, Schuyler County Clerk

Time in Office: 1987 - 2011
The Charges: Embezzling $568,000 from the County
The Accusers: The FBI, The MO State Highway Patrol, The U.S. Attorney's Office

Overview:
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...
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Social Insecurity
The Story of Bonnie Sue Lawson, Buchanan County Administrator

Time in Office: 1996 - 2006
The Charges: Embezzling $119,000 from Disabled and Dependents
The Accusers: The FBI, the Social Security Administration, the Mo. Dept. of Health and Senior Services, St. Joseph Police, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Overview:
Bonnie Sue Lawson was elected County Administrator for Buchanan County in 1996. She was in her mid-fifties at the time, likely at the top of her political career. Lawson would be re-elected until her resignation in disgrace...
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Playing Games
The Story of Joey Kyle, Christian County Sheriff, and
Marty Brickey, Christain County Reserve Deputy


The Charges: Embezzling County Funds, Running a Scheme Worth $14,500,000
The Accusers: The FBI, The U.S. Attorney's Office

Overview:
A Navy veteran and a Springfield policeman of 18 years, Joey Kyle was elected in 2008 as the county sheriff for Christian County. In 2011, the Missouri Deputy Sheriffs’ Association named Joey Kyle “Sheriff of the Year”...
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Doppelganger
The Story of Ed Mueth, St. Louis County Health Department Administrator

The Charges: Embezzling $3,400,000 from St. Louis County
The Accusers: Financial officers of the Health Department, the FBI

Overview:
Ed Mueth worked for the St. Louis County Health Department under the official title “Division Manager for Administrative Services”. The layers of bureaucracy that implies make it less surprising, perhaps, that Mueth became one of the most successful embezzlers in county history...
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The Emperor's Clothes
The Story of Richard Turner, Harrison County Prosecutor

The Charges: Stealing $540,840 from a Disabled Elderly Client, Tax Evasion
The Accusers: MO Attorney General’s and U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the IRS, the MO Dept. of Revenue, and the MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services

Overview:
In 2004, things took a turn for the worse for Richard Turner. His income, while significant, no longer covered his lavish lifestyle. By 2011, Turner was in danger of losing his home in Bethany to...
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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.

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