Former Hallsville water district employee arrested on suspicion of stealing

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The former office manager of Hallsville Public Water District 4 was arrested Thursday for an outstanding warrant for class C felony stealing by deceit.

Michelle Leverenz, the wife of Hallsville city alderman Jeff Leverenz, was charged with writing unauthorized checks to herself from the public water district totaling about $7,000. 

Leverenz, 45, was arrested at 6:02 p.m. at her Hallsvile home, 102 Meadow Lane. She was released from custody and posted the $4,500 bond at 7:45 p.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tom Reddin said.

Leverenz used the office manager’s signature stamp to sign the checks, according to the probable cause statement by Boone County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Derrick Dodson. She wrote the checks in the period between August 2009 and December 2010. 

After the yearly audit revealed discrepancies in September 2010, the Hallsville water district’s board confronted Leverenz and she later resigned, said Detective Tom O’Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Leverenz admitted she took the money with the intent of paying it back before anyone noticed it was missing. 

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