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CARTER COUNTY, MO (KFVS/KAIT) – The state of Missouri gave Carter County a poor rating during its last audit, and now a criminal investigation is underway.

According to auditors, county collector Jennifer Clark-Williams cannot explain what happened to at least $3,817 in property tax receipts. Apparently, the funds were received but not deposited between Nov. 2010 and Nov. 2011.

Carter County Prosecutor Rocky Kingree said Clark-Williams resigned Monday, and Clark-Williams told KFVS 12 the collector's office is looking into what happened to the money, but she cannot comment further.

Rocky Kingree says they have almost completed a criminal investigation involving the funds Clark-Williams cannot account for and are reviewing possible felony charges.

Meanwhile, auditors also reported concerns about the General Revenue fund. In 2009, the ending balance was $85,966, but this year is projected to be only $641.

Commissioners say the low funds reflect payments made from lawsuits involving former sheriffs and reimbursements to employees who were underpaid based on state requirements.

Commissioner John Bailiff says they are doing the best they can to turn things around for the people of Carter County.

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