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Suspended Caruthersville Police Chief appears in court

Caruthersville Police Chief Chris Riggs  (Source: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department) Caruthersville Police Chief Chris Riggs (Source: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department)
Caruthersville Police Officer Marcus Hopkins (source: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department) Caruthersville Police Officer Marcus Hopkins (source: Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department)

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) – A Region 8 police chief accused of funneling more than $37,000 from the city's Criminal investigation Fund appeared in court Monday.

According to the Caruthersville City Attorney's Office, suspended Caruthersville Police Chief Chris Riggs waived his preliminary hearing Monday. He's set to appear in court again on January 17.

Riggs is currently suspended with pay, and Officer Marcus Hopkins resigned after the Pemiscot County Prosecutor charged both men with funneling more than $37,000 from the city's Criminal Investigation Fund.

Chief Riggs and Officer Marcus Hopkins were arrested on Wednesday October 5, shortly before 3:30pm. Riggs is charged with 24 counts of forgery and one count of stealing. Hopkins is charged with 11 counts of forgery.

Investigators say Riggs wrote checks to Hopkins out of the fund between June 3, 2009 and August 29, 2011 and forged Hopkins' signature to cash the checks.  Hopkins forged a monthly expenditure log during the two year time period to account for the missing money.

Missouri Highway Patrol Drug and Crime Division conducted the investigation. The Criminal Investigation Fund is generated from city revenue.

Riggs is set to appear in court again on Tuesday January 17.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any news details as soon as they become available.

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