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Auditor Issues Follow-Up Report on Center

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway issued a report on the city of Center, following last year’s audit that found the former city clerk misappropriated more than $300,000. Last year’s audit gave the city a rating of poor, and included 11 recommendations for preventing similar problems in the future. The follow-up report found that one of those had been implemented, six were partially implemented, two were in the process, and two had not been implemented. The report found that the Board of Aldermen has not published semiannual financial statements, or prepared an annual budget. Both are required by state law. Tracey Ray is scheduled to be sentenced October 7th after pleading guilty to wire fraud and theft. She is also scheduled to stand trial in Boone County in November, on a change of venue, for assault and armed criminal action after allegedly shooting at Ralls County deputies in July of 2019.


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