The federal trials for Christian County Assessor Sandra Bryant-Littles and her husband Lonnie Utah Littles that were scheduled to begin today have been postponed according to public affairs director for US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. Don Ledford says the trials have been pushed back until at least June.
Bryant-Littles was indicted on four counts of mail fraud for allegedly not property assessing her own personal property and that of she and her husbands Poco Cala Ranch in Clever.
Lonnie Littles and a ranch hand of the couples, Jesse Rice were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit bank fraud for an allegedly scheme to bilk the Little's insurance company for a bogus cattle theft in February of 2009.
The couples ranch hand, Jesse Rice, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud on February 11, 2010. He is currently awaiting sentencing.
Attorney General Chris Koster filed paperwork seeking the removal of Bryant-Littles from her elected office in February. Bryant-Littles is fighting that action. For now Bryant-Littles is “immediately enjoined from engaging in any activity, or exercising any authority, as the County Assessor.”
If Bryant-Littles resigns, or is permanetly removed from office, Gov. Jay Nixon will appoint a successor, who would serve out the rest of her term.