CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — All eyes were on the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association last fall, as debate over the TCLA-proposed, lodging-tax-funded soccer complex reached a fever pitch. Some accused the association of shady dealing or downright illegalities, and county and state officials were contacted to investigate. This week, Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller announced the State Attorney General's Office says they found no evidence of criminal activity in the TCLA.
Miller made the announcement in a press release, issued Thursday, Feb. 13, in which she explained the request for an investigation had been passed on to the State AG's office. Miller said the State Auditor's office was also asked to review the association, but the Auditor's office responded that they had no jurisdiction to perform an audit without a petition from each county that contributes to TCLA.
Miller says her office has no further avenues to refer the question.
The Prosecuting Attorney's Office press release is published in full, below:
The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney wishes to inform the Citizens of Camden County of the following developments regarding a request from the Camden County Commission to investigate the Tri-County Lodging Association (TCLA):
Because the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is not an investigative body, and because of community feedback that indicated a perceived conflict of interest in the investigation remaining in Camden County—Prosecuting Attorney Heather Miller reached out the Office of the Attorney General to request that they investigate any potential misconduct. All available materials were provided to the Office of the Attorney General. After thorough review, the Office of the Attorney General found no evidence of criminal activity and declined to open a formal investigation. The Office of the Attorney General referred Prosecuting Attorney Miller to the State Auditor’s Office for any further inquiry.
Upon contact with the State Auditor’s Office, Prosecuting Attorney Miller was informed that they were familiar with the situation after being contacted by several individuals within the community late in 2019. The State Auditor’s Office determined that they were without jurisdiction to perform an audit without a petition in each of the contributing counties.
There are no further avenues for referral open to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. As always, the Prosecuting Attorney asks that if anyone has information or evidence of criminal activity that they contact law enforcement as soon as possible. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at (573)317-3910.