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Missouri State Auditor begins audit of Ralls County government

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said today her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Ralls County, located in northeast Missouri. The county received an overall rating of “fair” from the most recent state audit issued in November 2015. “Audits can help local officials take steps to make government more efficient and effective for taxpayers,” Auditor […]

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Missouri State Auditor launches audit of Caldwell County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Caldwell County, located in northwest Missouri. The most recent audit of Caldwell County was issued in December 2016, with the county receiving an overall rating of good. “Audits can help government agencies be more efficient and effective with taxpayer dollars,” Auditor Galloway […]

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Missouri State Auditor begins audit of Maries County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway today announced that her office has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Maries County, located in central Missouri. The most recent audit of Maries County was completed in October 2017, with the county receiving an overall performance rating of fair. “My office will conduct an independent review of county operations to ensure the effective […]

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Missouri State Auditor begins citizen requested audit of city of Fairview

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has begun an audit of the city of Fairview, located in Newton County in southwest Missouri. Residents of the city requested the audit through the petition process. “My audits examine how public resources are used, detail any concerns about how government operates, and make recommendations on how taxpayers can be better […]

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CEO of medical device company charged in COVID-19 related fraud scheme

The chief executive officer of a California-based medical device company was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud investors by making false and misleading statements about the purported development of a new COVID-19 test, leading to millions of dollars in investor losses.  Keith Berman, 67, the CEO of […]

Paul Callicoat had plans to convert the former Sarcoxie Nursery into a medical marijuana cultivation facility (Joplin Globe file photo).

Missouri medical marijuana trial focuses on alleged role of insiders on license rules

(Missouri Independent) – A Missouri family that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana alleged in court this week that outside groups and individuals had undue access to top state officials — and that access led to an opaque process and contributed to the decision to cap the number of licenses granted. To buttress […]

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Missouri State Auditor finds former clerk misappropriated over $300,000 from City of Center

State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of the City of Center that detailed how the former clerk, Tracey Ray, misappropriated more than $300,000 in taxpayer funds. The audit, which focused on the period between January 2015 and July 2019, was performed by the Auditor’s Public Corruption and Fraud Division after information was received through […]

Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against Chinese government

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleges, “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the […]

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Missouri State Auditor issues second subpoena in two weeks to Clay County

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued another subpoena to Clay County demanding the county turn over documents associated with a citizen-mandated audit. This is in addition to a previous subpoena issued on November 8, 2019.  Auditors were onsite in Clay County conducting audit fieldwork and making standard requests for information routinely and readily provided in […]

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State Auditor requests Governor Parson take action with Department of Revenue on Missouri tax refunds

In a letter sent today to Gov. Mike Parson, State Auditor Nicole Galloway asked the Governor to take action to help thousands of Missourians who are still waiting for their tax refunds, often after months of delay. Auditor Galloway referenced recent media reports in which the Department of Revenue stated more than 70,000 Missourians are waiting […]

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Audio: Missourians are wondering where their state tax refunds are

Missourians have been calling the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline because they have not received their state tax refunds. Under Missouri law, the state must issue refunds within 45 days of receiving the tax information or pay 1.7 percent in interest. State Auditor Nicole Galloway says her office has received about 340 complaints.     Callers […]

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Subpoenas issued for Plattsburg Special Road District records as state auditor looks into potential fraud

As part of her audit into potential fraud in the Plattsburg Special Road District, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued subpoenas to obtain records being held by the district’s former secretary/treasurer. The Auditor is authorized by Missouri law to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and evidence as necessary to conduct an audit. “My office issued these […]