February 24, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Marie Kay Brelsford, a former employee in the Caldwell County clerk’s office, has pled guilty to one count of felony stealing following an investigation by the Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Brelsford entered her plea before Clay County Judge Larry Harmon.
Koster said Brelsford worked in the treasurer’s office at the time her husband was Caldwell County Sheriff. Following his defeat in his reelection bid, the auditor’s office initiated an investigation into the county. In the process of the investigation, the Highway Patrol discovered Brelsford had taken $2,500 in cash from a county voucher. Brelsford resigned and eventually confessed to the Highway Patrol that she had taken the money.
Koster said Brelford was convicted in federal court in 1992 of felony bank larceny. She was sentenced to four months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of the $12,121 she stole while working as a bank teller.
“That someone in a government office charged with the stewardship of taxpayer funds would steal from those taxpayers is unconscionable,” Koster said. “This office will continue to investigate and prosecute any occurrence of public corruption in the state.”
Koster said sentencing is set for April 6. Brelford faces a possible 7 years in prison.