CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo. — Evidence that an audit of local government can reveal massive theft: the former Callaway County Collector, Pam Oestreich, was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison and required to pay restitution for money she stole from county coffers.

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Monday released a statement on the sentencing of Oestreich. An audit of the Callaway County Collector's Office was released in September, and found more than $300,000 was stolen from the collector's office between Jan. 1, 2016 and March 15, 2018. The former collector was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay nearly $380,000 in restitution.

Galloway's office is currently finishing the first draft of a process audit for Camden County, which was requested by the county commission. Those audit results are expected to be published and publicly available this summer.

"Anytime there is corruption by a public official, it defrauds citizens of their hard-earned dollars. I appreciate the work of county officials and federal law enforcement to restore the public's trust. Together, we have sought justice and accountability for taxpayers," Galloway said.

"My audit this fall included a path forward for the county to better protect taxpayer dollars in the future, and county officials committed to making those changes."

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