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Former Raytown School Board president faces criminal charge

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 19:00:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Raytown School Board of Education President Dr. Kristie Collins has been charged with stealing for allegedly taking school district funds while on the board.

The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office announced the felony charge on Monday.

While president, Collins used a district credit card to make fraudulent purchases, according to the prosecutor's office.

The district's finance office raised a red flag about her transactions, and an accounting firm was hired to conduct an audit. The firm found more than $4,300 in fraudulent purchases.

"All Board members are offered a district purchasing card (Pcard) to conduct district business, which may fall outside of our normal purchase order (PO) process," the district told 41 Action News. "Board members can choose to deny a Pcard. It is a district credit card."

When Collins was told about the investigation in May, she resigned from her role on the board.

The board appointed Alonzo Burton to fill Collins' board position through April 2020.

Rick Moore will serve as the board’s president for the 2019-2020 school year.