December 16, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today that in July 2010 Stacy Griffin-Lowery pled guilty in federal court to the criminal charges of theft or bribery in programs receiving federal funds and was sentenced to pay back the money, perform 200 hours of community service and serve five years probation. He said Griffin-Lowery has since paid back the $90,191 she stole from the Missouri Veterans Commission. As a result, he said, the state is dropping its civil suit against her.
Koster said that between April 2005 and March 2008, Stacy Griffin-Lowery worked as an Accountant II at the Missouri Veterans Commission in Jefferson City. Her duties included requesting money from the State Treasurer's Office to pay vendors for goods and services provided to the commission. Koster said an audit conducted by the Missouri Auditor Susan Montee's office found that between June 2006 and January 2008, Griffin-Lowery had submitted requests for payments totaling $90,191 to UMB Card Center. She then directed UMB to apply the payments to a personal credit card account at UMB.
"This employee betrayed the trust of the brave men and women served by her agency," Koster said. "She has now appropriately taken responsibility for her actions and obeyed the directives of the federal court."