JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The day after the release of an audit report that scolded Camden County for leaving the door wide open for fraud—but found no evidence of any—another Missouri county's deputy collector has been charged for allegedly pilfering more than $13,000.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Monday released a statement, after five felony charges of stealing were filed against the former Madison County deputy collector, Kelsey Gresham, last week. Last month, Auditor Galloway released an audit completed by the Public Corruption and Fraud Division, detailing how more than $13,000 went missing from the Madison County Collector's Office between January 2017 and October 2018. In that case, DailyJournalOnline.com reported, authorities say taxpayers were told their real estate and property taxes had not been paid; those individuals had reportedly paid their taxes in cash directly to Gresham, court documents claim, and she is alleged to have altered those taxpayers' files. 

"Missourians have zero tolerance for corruption and abuse from those who are in positions of public trust. Rooting out government corruption and fraud has and will remain a top priority for me. My office will continue to partner with law enforcement to pursue justice for Madison County taxpayers."

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