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Cass County circuit clerk charged

CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed charges against Cass County circuit clerk Amy Bell and is petitioning the court to have Bell removed from office.

In a civil case, Koster alleges Bell failed to pay the circuit court's bills on time, failed to stop payment or void undeliverable checks, failed to adequately document all of the court's bank accounts and failed to prepare necessary paperwork to file an insurance claim regarding funds allegedly stolen by a deputy clerk.

Koster says Bell should be fired, claiming she has both mismanaged funds and lost court records.

Koster said Bell was suspended from her position as circuit clerk on Aug. 20, 2013 by Cass County circuit Judge William Collins after Bell hired a close friend to oversee three projects involving the transfer of paper records into an electronic format.

Although Bell's friend was paid to do the work, Koster said it was never completed and resulted in the loss of numerous court documents, including original judgments, child support letters, exhibits and, in one instance, an entire case file.

Bell has 10 days to file a response to the allegations.

Koster became involved in Bell's case when his office was appointed as a special prosecutor by Collins.

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