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Charges have been dropped against a former City of Nixa employee that was accused in a scheme that cost the city $750,000.

Christian County prosecutor Ron Cleek dismissed stealing charges against David Griggs today (04-15-09).

Court records say that Griggs allegedly set up bogus companies with Nixa Street Department supervisor Larry Covington to steal the money for goods that were not delivered to the city. Covington's wife, Paula, is charged with stealing in the scheme as well.

Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek won't say why he dismissed the charges, however, Griggs remains in jail on a probation.

There are a couple of scenarios that could have led to the dismissal of the charges.

  • It's possible that the state charge could be replaced with a federal charge.

  • Another possibility is that prosecutors agreed to drop the charge against Griggs in return for his testimony against the Covingtons.

According to online court records no federal charges against Griggs or the Covingtons have been filed.