Michael Gardner, courtesy Pettis County Jail

SEDALIA, MO – A Sedalia resident faces a court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Pettis County Ambulance District Administrator Michael Gardner, 61, is facing 45 total felony counts of forgery.

An investigation by the Sedalia Police Department began when members of the ambulance district board reported multiple suspicious checks and transactions from the district’s accounts to officers.

Gardner is accused of stealing nearly $27,000 from an ambulance district account.

A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in Pettis County.