Elected official among 7arrested in forgery, felony stealing investigation

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

Police say the following people were arrested after lawenforcement agencies learned that employees with the Pemiscot County Road andBridge Department and local business men were being paid with county funds bythe Pemiscot County Commission after false invoices were submitted and approvedby the commission over the last three years:

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

According to Sherriff Greenwell, investigators found severalfictitious documents from 2009 to2011 that were later paid by the PemiscotCounty Commission once they were approved.

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

This investigation is still ongoing.

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