- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri building inspector is facing theft charges.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri (https://bit.ly/1LFldrg ) reports that Farmington building inspector Jaime Nicole Ellis was charged Tuesday with felony stealing. She is free on $15,000 bond. A message seeking comment from her attorney was not immediately returned.

Authorities say an audit discovered that $5,700 had been stolen from the city through a permit fund account in the building inspector’s office.

Ellis was promoted to building inspector in February after previously working as a permit clerk. As clerk, she would allegedly accept payment for construction and building permits and write receipts, but never deposit the money.

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Information from: Daily Journal, https://dailyjournalonline.com

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