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Former Moniteau County clerk accused of deleting files, stealing thousands of dollars

A woman has been charged with stealing and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution after Moniteau County deputies suspected thefts from the jail’s electronic commissary tracking system.

According to the probable cause statement, Sheriff Tony Wheatley had fired Jessica Lamble for performance issues. He later found out that all files on her computer had been deleted, including their commissary tracking system.

Wheatley said he looked for hard copies of the tracking system but those were also missing along with Commerce bank bags used to deposit money.

Lamble was supposed to notify officials if there was ever a difference between the sheriff’s department bank account and the commissary tracking system.

Wheatley said it was discovered that the deposits were short or missing.

According to the probable cause statement, a total of $13,876.34 was discovered missing from four separate transactions.

Lamble was seen in video surveillance footage withdrawing money, counting the money and placing it in a bank deposit money bag, taking it in an office and coming out of it with a large purse and no money bag.

Officers said when they interviewed Lamble, she admitted to stealing the money because she had financial difficulties.

Lamble told authorities that she still had a large amount of money left. She showed officers where the money was in her house and officers also found the records that were reported missing and a money bag.

According to the probable cause statement, $6,823.36 in cash and change was recovered, along with 31 checks and money orders, totaling $986.03.

Deputies said the total amount of cash, change and checks recovered from Lamble was $7,809.39.

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