A former Caldwell County employee has pled guilty to one count of felony stealing. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Brelsford worked as a deputy in the Caldwell County Clerk’s Office at the time her husband was Caldwell County Sheriff. Following his defeat in his reelection bid, the auditor’s office initiated an investigation into the county. In the process of the investigation, the Highway Patrol discovered Brelsford had taken $2,500 in cash from a county voucher. Brelsford resigned and eventually confessed to the Highway Patrol that she had taken the money.
Koster says Brelford was convicted in federal court in 1992 of felony bank larceny. She was sentenced to four months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of the $12,121 she stole while working as a bank teller.
“That someone in a government office charged with the stewardship of taxpayer funds would steal from those taxpayers is unconscionable,” Koster said. “This office will continue to investigate and prosecute any occurrence of public corruption in the state.”
Brelsford faces up to seven years in prison. Her sentencing is set for April 6th.