Former Butler Co. Coroner, wife charged with stealing from funeral home

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 11:23 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2021 at 4:54 PM CST
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BUTLER COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Former Butler County Coroner, Andrew T. Moore, and his wife, Amanda L. Moore, were arrested for stealing from Moore Funeral Home or MVP Investment Group in Poplar Bluff.

The couple recently turned themselves into authorities and have bonded out.

Andrew and Amanda Moore were both charged with receiving stolen property between December 22, 2014 and November 30, 2018.

According to court documents, Andrew Moore was serving as the coroner for Butler County and Amanda Moore was a former Moore Funeral Home employee and employed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol during this time frame.

MSHP Troop E stated their Criminal Investigative Unit was contacted by the Poplar Bluff Police Department on April 24, 2019 to investigate possible stealing from MVP Investment Group. The investors of the business believed another investor stole a large sum of money from the business.

A financial audit was conducted by Anders CPA’s and Advisors, which specializes in funeral home audits. Their investigation found Moore Funeral Home funds were used fraudulently on several occasions.

In court documents, MSHP stated their investigators found that both Andrew and Amanda Moore took $35,000 in MVP Investment Group funds to make unauthorized purchases.

The couple is accused of using the money without permission to pay for their family members’ personal cell phone plans and to purchase items at Walmart, online and in person.

MVP Investment Group issued the following statement on Friday:

“The company discovered multiple transfers of funeral home funds for the Moore’s personal use. Our investigation, conducted in conjunction with an external fraud expert, uncovered the monies that were unlawfully converted. The company removed Mr. Moore from the partnership immediately upon these incidents coming to light. The remaining partners and staff have fully complied with a criminal investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Attorney General’s Office. No customer funds were involved and all pre-need funeral policies remain secure. It is regrettable that such a situation occurred. We will make every effort to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, and will have no further comment at this time out of respect to the ongoing criminal proceedings.”

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