Audit discovery leads to attorney general filing public corruption charges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Discoveries made during an ongoing audit of a municipality in Wayne County has led the Missouri’s Attorney General Office to file public corruption charges against the former Greenville City Clerk.

Felony criminal charges have been filed against Pamela S. Birmingham alleging she misappropriated more than $150,000 as City Clerk and forged an entry in the city’s check disbursement log.

“There is no place for public corruption in Missouri,” Attorney General Josh Hawley said. “My office will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to skirt Missouri law for personal benefit.”

At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the State Auditor’s Office — lead by Nicole Galloway — conducted an audit of the City of Greenville. The audit is still ongoing and a report will be publicly released at a later date.

The investigation discovered that Birmingham unlawfully paid herself at least $150,772.00, nearly bankrupting the city. Birmingham, who was employed by the City of Greenville between January 2014 and April 2016, allegedly wrote herself several checks, without proper authorization, out of various bank accounts owned by the city.

“I am dedicated to working with law enforcement to hold corrupt public officials accountable,” said Galloway. “I appreciate the attention to this issue in asking for my office’s assistance and expertise in forensic auditing, which led to today’s charges. We will continue to work with the Highway Patrol and Attorney General to ensure justice for taxpayers in Greenville.”

The Attorney General’s Public Corruption Team is prosecuting this case with assistance of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Auditor’s Office.

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