By: CJ Cassidy
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. - No jail time for the former mayor of Poplar Bluff found guilty of forgery charges, but he's not happy with the way it all turned out. A Cape Girardeau judge hits Scott Faughn in the pocketbook instead, fining him $1,500.
Faughn's troubles started back in January, 2005, when investigators started looking into the Highway 67 expansion fund. The next month, they accused Faughn of stealing money from the account by forging checks to himself and his ex-wife.
In March of 2006, Faughn's trial moved to Cape Girardeau County. Then in March 2007, a jury found Faughn guilty on the forgery charges.
Faughn was also the Director of the Chamber of Commerce, but even though he's now a convicted felon, the 27-year-old isn't ready to call it quits just yet. "I have made some mistakes, said some things I'm not proud of, there's been some things that are not true, but the day I stop working to clear my name is the day I die," Faughn says.
Best known as the man who spearheaded the Highway 67 Expansion Project in Southeast Missouri, Faughn not only maintains his innocence, he throws out some allegations himself, although he doesn't name any names. "In my community if a corrupt lawyer at a powerful bank calls up a very corrupt newspaper publisher on a bank board, and says we're tired of Scott Faughn.... we're tired of roads to the future being built, we're going to take him out, in my community, if you're rich enough, if you're a powerful enough attorney, and a powerful enough newspaper publisher, and corrupt enough, you can take out just about anybody," Faughn says.
Moore also says Faughn's since moved to St. Louis, where he works in the telecommunications industry. Moore now has ten days to file an appeal on Faughn's behalf.