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Sheriff: City of Jacksonport files report over missing money

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is trying to track down some missing money.

The money in question was reportedly taken from city funds in Jacksonport, but investigators say it's not the only local town facing this problem.

Fewer than 300 people live in Jacksonport, a town now trying to solve a mystery about its finances.

Mayor Marcus Dodson contacted the sheriff's office on April 2 after he reportedly noticed some money missing from several city accounts.

"We talked to the mayor. We looked at some of their bank statements and stuff," Sheriff David Lucas said. "At that point we know that we were going to have to have an audit done to determine, number one, if money was missing [and] number two, if money was missing, how much is missing."

Sheriff Lucas says his investigators are unsure how much may have been taken, so they are now waiting to see what the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit will find.

"We do know it was reported to us that it was a considerable amount," he said. "We just don't know exactly how much, and I'd really not like to speculate on it until that audit is complete."

When the audit will be completed exactly is unclear, so deputies are conducting additional interviews in the meantime.

"Once we determine through the audit how much money is missing," the sheriff said, "then we get with the prosecuting attorney's office to see which route we need to take as far as if any charges are to be filed, what charges are to be filed and so forth."

The sheriff's office began a separate, but very similar investigation several months ago.

State auditors have yet to issue their report into the town of Weldon's finances because it apparently has an unknown amount of money missing, too.

"We should be wrapping that one up before long, hopefully," Lucas said. "That audit report is still not back yet."

Region 8 News will continue to track these stories and provide any updates as soon as they become available.

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