May 19, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Jason Dean, former district administrator of the taxpayer-funded Putnam County Ambulance District, has pled guilty to felony stealing following an investigation by the Highway Patrol and the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Dean entered his plea before Putnam County Judge Jack Peace.
Koster said Dean, 44, was responsible for handling the ambulance district’s finances. In 2005, Dean began using the district’s emergency debit card to gamble at area casinos and used its general funds to pay for his family’s insurance premiums. He admitted that between 2005 and 2010 he stole $41,227 from the ambulance district. He was able to conceal the theft for years until an audit uncovered discrepancies. At the time of the thefts, Dean also was a Putnam County deputy sheriff.
Koster said his office has recouped the stolen money and returned the funds to the Putnam County taxpayers through the Ambulance District Board.
“That someone 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 July 20. Dean faces a possibility of up to 15 years in prison.