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Independence Woman Sentenced for Embezzlement

An Independence woman has been sentenced for embezzlement.

57-year old Maureen “Mo” Kimmerle was sentenced to ten years in prison in Buchanan County District Court on Tuesday. 

The Buchanan County Attorney’s Office says in December, Kimmerle pleaded guilty to First Degree Fraudulent Practice and First Degree Theft. Kimmerle was accused of embezzling nearly $72,000 from the Independence Mental Health Employees Local 2987 of AFSCME Council 61 and then fraudulently altering the union’s records. The embezzlement took place while Kimmerle served as the union’s treasurer from 2011 to 2016 and president from 2016 to 2020. 

In addition to her ten year prison sentence, Kimmerle must also pay victim restitution and submit a physical specimen to the State for DNA profiling. 

She’s ordered to surrender herself to the Buchanan County Sheriff on Friday to begin serving her sentence.


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