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February 27, 2009

Koster charges former St. Francois County commissioner with felony stealing

Farmington, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster today announced charges have been filed against former St. Francois County Commissioner Ronald E. VarVera for allegedly using county funds and county employees for personal gain. VarVera has been charged with one count of felony stealing. The criminal complaint, filed in St. Francois County Circuit Court on Feb. 26, alleges that VarVera purchased or used for his own gain "truck and tractor tires, gravel, gasoline, cash reimbursements for mileage, water tanks, a wood-burning stove, labor services of county employees working on county time, towing and mechanic services and usage of county equipment."

Attorney General Koster was assigned to the case as special prosecutor at the request of St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Wendy Wexler Horn.

Felony stealing is a Class C felony under Missouri law, punishable upon conviction by prison sentence of up to seven years and / or up to a $5,000 fine. The charge against the defendant is merely an accusation and, as in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proved guilty in a court of law.


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