2nd Stoddard Co., MO elected official accused of stealing

2nd Stoddard Co., MO elected official accused of stealing
Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM CDT
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STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A second Stoddard County, Missouri elected official is facing felony charges of stealing.

Randall McCollom, the elected Board Member and President of Castor Township, was charged with two counts of felony stealing by deception and one count of commission of acts prohibited by elected officials.

He allegedly took two dump trucks that were the property of Castor Township.

According to court documents, on July 31, the Bloomfield Department of Public Safety and the Stoddard County Prosecutor's Office began investigating the operation and finances of Castor Township. They say they found that the ownership of a 1993 International dump truck and a 1994 International dump truck were transferred to McCollom without putting the trucks up for public bid.

They were allegedly transferred to him under the belief that both trucks were beyond repair and inoperable.

McCollom allegedly led a fellow board member to believe the truck was junk and of no monetary value; and the board member signed off on the transfer.

Rather than junking or disposing of the truck, McCollom allegedly got a standard title for the truck.

Court documents state the 1994 International dump truck was used for his personal company McCollom Trucking.

Officials say Department of Revenue records revealed that after ownership was transferred to him, rather than getting a junk title, McCollom titled the vehicle in his name on Feb. 16, 2017 and later traded the truck for an end dump trailer on June 18, 2017.

Per Department of Revenue records, both parties valued the trailer at $10,000 at the time of the trade. According to court documents, the man McCollom traded the truck to for the trailer, later sold the 1994 dump truck on Aug. 28, 2017 for $16,000.

On Aug. 6, 2018, investigators talked to that man who said he approached McCollom about trading his end dump trailer for the 1994 International dump truck.

According to the man, the dump truck was a good truck and started and ran well. Authorities say the man told them he and McCollom valued the trailer at $22,000 and the two also agreed and valued the dump truck at $12,000.

They say, according to the man, he used the dump truck in his trucking business and the only thing he had to "fix" was just changing the oil, cleaned it up and put new tires on it.

A few months later, authorities say the man told them he sold the truck on Craigslist.

Per Department of Revenue records, McCollom got ownership of the 1993 International dump truck on March 16, 2018. Although the vehicles were said to be inoperable, authorities say the dump truck was used by Castor Township within a few months of the transfer.

They said McCollom still had the 1993 dump truck.

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He is also charged with personally providing services to the township by providing dump truck hauling services to the township without putting the services out for public bid.

According to court documents, McCollom was using his personal trucking company to haul rock from Cape Girardeau, Mo. to Castor Township's shop in Bloomfield, Mo. for monetary gain, around $7,100.

Authorities say this service was never put out for public bid.

McCollom voluntarily resigned his position as Board Member and President of Castor Township.

A week before, another Castor Township elected official was charged with stealing.

Jacqulin Bradshaw, the township's clerk, felony stealing of nearly $17,000 of township funds for personal gain.

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