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Former Center city clerk pleads Guilty in theft case

Former Center city clerk pleads Guilty in theft case

1 week, 4 days ago by Scott Hardy

Tracey Ray will be sentenced August 17

Former Center, Missouri clerk Tracey Ray, facing Federal charges for allegedly stealing over $300,000 from the city, has changed her Not Guilty plea on some of the charges.

Ray was in U.S. District Court in St. Louis Friday afternoon, where she pleaded Guilty to one count of wire fraud, and one count of federal program theft. Prosecutors plan to drop two other counts of wire fraud. Ray admitted she stole just over $317,000 from the city of Center between January 2015 and early July 2019. The Government had said Ray used $206,000 in city money to pay charges on her personal credit card. She was also accused of using over $62,000 in city money to pay for her family's health insurance, life and disability policies. Ray remains free on a recognizance bond, and will be sentenced August 17th.

She also faces two counts each of 1st Degree Assault and Armed Criminal Action in the July 2, 2019 shooting that slightly wounded former Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie and former Chief Deputy Ronald Haught. Ray's pleaded Not Guilty to those charges in Boone County Circuit Court. The case is being heard there on a change of venue.

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