Former mayor facing Felony Stealing charges from town she served; Alleged she wrote checks to her private account, also seen on video withdrawing cash from city account

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CARTHAGE, Mo. — The former Mayor of Purcell, Missouri, is facing Felony Stealing charges in Jasper County court according to a media release by Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.

They state that a report of stealing was received from the city of Purcell. Detectives began investigation.

“After the initial investigation was completed, Nancy M. Wilson, 50, of Purcell was arrested on 05-27-21 for stealing and charges were submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office requesting a warrant. On 05-28-2021 a warrant for Felony Stealing was issued with a cash bond set at $2,600.00. She was subsequently released after posting bond.” — Jasper County Sheriff’s office

Purcell is a town of about 400 according to the latest census information. It is north of Oronogo in Jasper County bordering on the north side of Spring River.

According to the Statement of Probable Cause filed by Det. Lewis of the Jasper County Sheriff’s office. “During my investigation I located a total of five checks from the city of Purcell’s SMB account and one SMB debit (withdrawal) receipt all signed by Nancy Wilson.  All five checks and the debit (withdrawal) receipt occurred between 03/13/21 through 04/10/21. All of these checks lacked the required second signature as required by city policy. The following check numbers were written on the city of Purcell’s SMB account, signed by Nancy Wilson, and all deposited into Nancy Wilson‘s Arvest account:” 

  • SMB check number #3450 for $500.00
  • SMB check number #3484 for $488.00
  • SMB check number #3488 for $500.00
  • SMB check number #3454 for $500.00 
  • SMB check number #3457 for $200.00

The SMB debit (withdrawal) receipt show that on 04/02/2021 Nancy Wilson withdrew $400.00 from the city of Purcell’s SMB bank account. There is video of the withdrawal transaction on 04/02/21 from the SMB bank located at 300 W. 3rd Street in Carthage Missouri. The total amount of money stolen from the City of Purcell by Nancy Wilson is $2588.00.”

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