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Elected official among 7arrested in forgery, felony stealing investigation

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) – Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell says the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol have arrested seven people during  a three month investigation.

Police say the following people were arrested after law enforcement agencies learned that employees with the Pemiscot County Road and Bridge Department and local business men were being paid with county funds by the Pemiscot County Commission after false invoices were submitted and approved by the commission over the last three years:

  • Tracy Floyd, 40, of Caruthersville, has been charged with 14 counts of forgery and one count felony stealing. Floyd is held in lieu of $100,000.
  • Randle Ridings, 62, of Seneath, has been charged with five counts of forgery and one count felony stealing. Ridings is held in lieu of $50,000.
  • Mayor Bobby Watkins, 39, of Hayti, has been charged with one count of forgery and one count felony stealing. Watkins is held in lieu of $50,000.
  • Clois B. Reed, 57, of Kennett, has been charged with seven counts of forgery and one count felony stealing. Reed is held in lieu of $50,000.
  • Martin Welch Culver, 39, of Hayti, has been charged with 20 counts of forgery and one count felony stealing over $25,000. Culver is held in lieu of $100,000.
  • Chris Hogan, 45, of Bragg City, has been charged with five counts of forgery and one count felony stealing. Hogan is held in lieu of $50,000.
  • Rickie Eugene Harden, 63, of Caruthersville, has been charged with three counts of forgery and one count felony stealing. Harden is held in lieu of $50,000.

According to Sherriff Greenwell, investigators found several fictitious documents from 2009 to2011 that were later paid by the Pemiscot County Commission once they were approved.

Sherriff Greenwell says several other persons are of interest in this investigation and have been questioned.

This investigation is still ongoing.

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