NIXA — The city of Nixa is planning to file a lawsuit to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars that two former streets department employees are accused of stealing.
The board of aldermen voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the city attorney to sue former streets superintendent Larry Covington and his wife, Paula Covington. Larry Covington and former employee David Griggs are accused of stealing up to $500,000 in city funds from 2003 to 2006.
They are charged with felony stealing by deceit, while Paula Covington is charged with accessory to theft. The men allegedly set up fake companies and pocketed payments from the city for work that was never done.
Prosecutors say that as supervisor over the streets department, Covington could sign off on bills of $2,000 or less.
City Administrator Brian Bingle said that practice has been stopped.