Former mayor arrested for stealing from City of Purcell

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Detectives arrest the former mayor of Purcell, Missouri for Felony Stealing.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office started the investigation early this year, after the newly elected Mayor of Purcell made a report.

Current Mayor Kelsey Freelend turned over copies of several checks and debit receipts from the city’s Southwest Missouri Bank checking account. Court documents state that Kelsey said several checks were suspicious and were all signed by the city’s former Mayor Pro Tem, Nancy Wilson.

Kelsey requested that the Sheriff’s Office look into the suspicious checks.

A detective found five checks that lacked the required second signature required by city policy. The dates on the checks were between March 13, 2021 through April 10, 2021.

According to court documents, Wilson deposited them into her bank account.

The Sheriff’s Office says the total amount of money stolen from the City of Purcell by Wilson is $2,588.

After authorities finished the initial investigation, they arrested Wilson on May 27, 2021, for stealing. The Sheriff’s Office submitted charges to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office and requested a warrant.

On May 28, they issued a warrant for Felony Stealing with a $2,600 cash bond. According to the Sheriff’s Office, she posted bond. Authorities say they may submit more charges as the investigation continues.


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