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Canton City Collector arrested

Canton City Collector arrested

6 months ago by Scott Hardy

La Trisha Crist charged with Forgery, financial exploitation

The long-time City Collector in Canton, Missouri has been arrested on charges that she forged an official document, and that she was stealing from an elderly family member. 

On Wednesday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 38-year old La Trisha Crist on one count of forgery and four counts of financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. Sheriff David Parrish said in a statement that Crist is accused of making a false document in June, while working as the clerk in charge of Canton's water and sewer bills. She's alleged to have taken her name off the water account for a property she owns in the 100 block of South Fifth Street in Canton. Crist then allegedly put the name of a family member on the bill, who was renting the property. That bill had a $300 balance at the time. Parrish says that Crist did that without permission from supervisors.

Crist is also accused of stealing over $6,000 from an elderly and disabled family member. Parrish says they learned of the allegation in June, and that Crist had been overseeing the person's finances since 2017.

Crist, who had been City Collector since 2005, was fired by the City on Friday. She's being held on a total of $10,000 bond.

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