Charleston woman facing fraud and assault charges

Charleston woman facing fraud and assault charges

CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Charleston woman is facing multiple charges after an investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department revealed a fraudulent attempt to steal money from the Mississippi County Detention Center's inmate commissary account.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began on Wednesday when Shanaia Webster, 19, of Charleston, Mo., complained to corrections staff that the kiosk in the front lobby of the Mississippi County Detention Center had shortchanged her out of $20.

The kiosk is a public-access computer that enables users to deposit money directly onto an inmate's account so the inmate can purchase commissary items and phone time.

Upon receiving the complaint, Jail Administrator Cory Hutcheson asked Webster to complete a written statement on the incident, while he and Captain Ken Story reviewed surveillance video to determine whether the kiosk had any excess funds.

Officials found no unaccounted for money in the kiosk, nor any other evidence to support Webster's claim.

When Webster completed the written statement, Hutcheson requested that she provide additional information to help determine whether she had made a simple mistake or intentionally misled the deputies by providing a false statement.

In response, Webster wadded up the written statement, shoved an officer and then attempted to run from the premises before being detained and escorted back into the Mississippi County Detention Center.

Webster is charged with theft/stealing of property valued at less than $500, tampering with physical evidence, assault on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest.

Webster faces an additional charge of making a false declaration.

Webster remains in the Mississippi County Detention Center with her bond set at $5,000.

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