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Three people accused of creating bogus businesses to steal close to a million dollars from the city of Nixa have had preliminary hearing dates set.

Two former city employees Larry Covington(a.) and David Griggs (b.) are scheduled to appear in court in Christian County on April 24th.

Covington's wife, Paula (b.), is due in court on May 13th.

Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek says that the investigation is ongoing and won't rule out that additional charges could being filed in the case.

Larry Covington is free on $100,000 bond and has to wear a court ordered GPS tracking device while free.....Paula Covington is free on $10,000 bond.

Griggs, has not been able to post his $100,000 bond and he remains in lockup in Christian County.