3:07 PM

Felony stealing charges have been filed against an administrative assistant who works in the Taney County Commission office.

Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell filed charges today against Christy Lynn Teel, 28, of Taneyville for allegedly pocketing money from the Taney County Animal Control Facility/and or Taney County.

In a news release earlier in the day, Sheriff Jimmie Russell said that an investigation was launched in early March when the County Commission could not account for several thousand dollars.

Not long after that release the County Commission issued one of their own saying that charges had been filed against a county employee.

The probable cause statement filed with the charges says that an investigation into the missing money began on March 3 when a county commissioner reported missing deposits of $6,896.55.

Detective Roger Ellis writes in the statement that records of Teel's checking account show 26 cash deposits of $4,035 between August 2006 and August 2008.

A co-worker of Teel's told investigators that Teel usually paid for her lunch with cash, even though bank records indicate Teel rarely made cash withdrawals from her account.

Court documents offer a possible motive for the alleged theft.

Ellis says that Teel, "had been in grave financial difficulties . . .with many non-sufficient fund charges for 2006 to 2009 totaling approximately $2,851.00 in NSF fees and $1,250.00 in return item fees."
Merrell says cash was being taken out of sums of money that were to be deposited, while checks from animal control were being sent on to the treasuror's office.

https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/cases/searchCases.do 09AF-CR00841 - ST V CHRISTY LYNN TEEL