September 9, 2004

DDCC Finds Insufficient Evidence To Investigate Sheriff

A review of Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn by the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC) has uncovered insufficient evidence to proceed with an investigation.

According to Lt. Mike Platte of the DDCC, a DDCC officer traveled to Memphis at the end of August at the request of the Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to review concerns of missing funds and inappropriate use of the county’s gasoline purchase cards.

The County Commission called for the review after complaints surfaced from local residents early in August regarding the alleged misappropriation of fuel by the sheriff.

Platte stated the investigating officer found insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal investigation.

According to county records, $1,100 cash from the sheriff’s department had been reported unaccounted for during the 2001-2002 county audit performed last year.

On September 1st the county indicated the money, which had been unaccounted for, had been replaced by Sheriff Winn. The cash had initially been issued by the county to the sheriff’s department for use as “buy money” for drug investigations and sting operations.

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