February 28, 2005 – Posted at 6:28 p.m. CST
POPLAR BLUFF -- Scott Faughn has been a leader in the Poplar Bluff community ever since he was elected the city's youngest mayor at age 22. He's served on the Highway 67 Corporation and as the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce. But just last week, his rise to the top came to an end.
Last Friday, Faughn was arrested on four felony charges. He faces three counts of a Class C Felony charge of Forgery and one Class C Count of Stealing. He was released from the Butler County Justice Center on a $10,000 bond on his own recognizance.
"The Highway Department has been investigating the matter for a little over a month. We were requested after some citizens in the county called this matter to our attention. After the investigation was completed we turned the evidence over to the prosecuting attorney," said Sgt. Larry Plunkett with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Investigators discovered that Faughn had allegedly written checks out of the Highway 67 Project account, purchasing a motorcycle and giving money to his then-wife Melissa Faughn. Faughn resigned as chairman of the Highway 67 project as well as his position with the Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.
"I think he resigned because of the controversy at that time," said Highway 67 Corporation President Tom Lawson, "I don't think he knew exactly how is was going to play out. But, he resigned because he felt like it was the right thing for him to do and not be any type of hindrance to the project."
Project leaders insist this is just a bump in the road. Lawson says the money allegedly stolen from the Highway 67 project is back in place. He hopes voters will remember the benefits of the project when they go to the polls.
"This project is more than just one person and anyone that has any vision at all should hopefully understand that," said Lawson.