August 1, 2005 – Posted at 5:32 p.m. CDT
POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Former mayor and Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Scott Faughn was ordered to stand trial on charges of stealing and forgery Monday morning.
Faughn appeared in court in Poplar Bluff for a probable cause hearing and Associate Circuit Judge James Hall decided there was enough evidence to see this case go to trial.
“I was surprised that got bound over on the evidence that they had,” said Faughn’s attorney Danny Moore, “No one ever did connect anything up to Scott, but it's a preliminary hearing and most of the time they will get bound over.”
Three witnesses were called by the state to present evidence against Faughn. He is accused of stealing money from a Highway 67 NOW fund and depositing into an account he shared with his then-wife Melissa. Faughn had opened the Highway 67 NOW account with his former wife’s cousin Bobby Brown in August of 2003, but Brown testified that he did not remember signing checks withdrawing nearly $6,000 dollars from the account in August of 2004.
“It appears to me that the funds were used for the purpose that people contributed them to. They did have the election, and I think that everyone on the committee, that had it not been for Scott, there would not be a Highway 67 four lane right now,” said Moore.
Highway 67 NOW board member Ruth Holloway testified that Faughn had admitted to mismanaging funds and had repaid the debt, but Faughn alludes there's more to the story.
“We will have plenty, plenty to say once this is over, but on the advice of my attorney, I can't make any statements,” said Faughn.