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December 18, 2013

Police find no criminal activity in uncollected public works fees

  No criminal wrongdoing was found in connection with the failure to collect $150,000 in building permit and code enforcement fees in the city of Joplin’s public works department, city officials announced today.

  City Manager Mark Rohr ordered the Joplin Police Department to conduct the probe in July after a software audit turned up uncollected and undeposited fees, some from as far back as 1999, city officials said.

 Police have reported to city officials that there is no evidence of theft or that there is money missing.

 Rohr said at the time that criminal wrongdoing was not suspected, but that the probe was ordered as a precaution.

 That occurred at approximately the same time as the arrest of a city mechanic on a municipal charge of stealing from the city garage.  The public works director at the time, David Hertzberg, was reassigned and building department supervisor Steve Cope faced disciplinary action. Cope then resigned.


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