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Grand jury indicts Springer on charges of stealing

FARMINGTON – A St. Francois County grand jury has indicted Deanna Springer on a charge of stealing.

While Springer was charged in December, the indictment will speed up the prosecution of the case, moving it from the associate circuit court level to the circuit court level.

Springer, also known as Deanna McCord, 40, of Bonne Terre, was the former secretary for the multi-county Mineral Area Drug Task Force.

She is accused of stealing more than $25,000 in state and federal funds for the agency.

According to the probable cause statement filed in associate circuit court, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control was notified Nov. 9 by Sgt. Wade Stuart, coordinator of the Mineral Area Drug Task Force, about an accounting discrepancy after a routine audit of several federal and state-funded accounts.

Springer, who had the responsibility of maintaining those accounts, was asked to produce documents for the auditor for examination.

Prior to the meeting with the auditor, Springer admitted to Sgt. David Bauer and Stuart that she had been misusing a credit card assigned to her for business purposes only. She admitted to using the credit card for her own personal use, paying for the purchases with state and federal funds.

Upon further investigation, including examination of all credit card statements from January 2002 to November of this year, as well as the affected bank accounts, it was determined the total amount of stolen money “greatly exceeded $25,000.”

If convicted, Springer could be sentenced from five to 15 years in prison.

The task force, which has been in existence 11 years, is made up of six members of the patrol and six other officers hired by the task force. The sheriffs’ departments of St. Francois County and Ste. Genevieve each have also assigned a deputy to serve full time with the unit.

They investigate drug crimes in St. Francois, Washington, Madison and Ste. Genevieve counties, which contain a population base of approximately 100,000 people. In the past year it conducted 1,484 investigations that resulted in 364 arrests.

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