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December 14, 2010

Former New Madrid County Public Administrator pleads guilty to felony stealing

Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Nancy Pardon, a former New Madrid County Public Administrator, has pled guilty to three counts of felony stealing following an investigation and prosecution by the Missouri Attorney General's office.

Koster said Pardon was charged with misappropriating funds - at least $25,000 - of elderly, disabled Missourians whose financial management had been entrusted to her.

"Public administrators are appointed by the courts to serve as guardians or conservators to Missourians who are legally incapacitated and unable to take care of their personal and financial affairs and whose family members are unable to take on that responsibility," Koster said. "That a public servant entrusted with handling a disabled person's financial matters and working to improve that person's well being and quality of life would violate that trust is simply unconscionable."

Koster said he will continue to work diligently to recover as much of the misappropriated funds from the defendant as possible. He said sentencing is set for February 4, 2011. Pardon faces a possible 29 years in prison.

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