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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORMER NIXA EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH

EMBEZZLING CITY FUNDS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a former street department employee in Nixa, Mo., has been charged in federal court with embezzling nearly $10,000 from the city.


            David W. Griggs, 44, of Springfield, Mo., was charged in a criminal complaint filed under seal in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo., on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The complaint was unsealed and made public today. Griggs, who was arrested today, will have an initial court appearance at 2 p.m.


            The federal criminal complaint alleges that Griggs created a fictitious business that he used to embezzle $9,858 from the city of Nixa on Nov. 10, 2005.


            “Today’s federal criminal complaint is part of an ongoing investigation,” Whitworth said. “We anticipate this case will be presented to a grand jury, therefore, we are not able to provide any further details about the investigation. Grand jury deliberations are confidential, which prevents our office from making any additional comments at this time.”


            Griggs, who was employed in the city street department from Nov. 6, 2003, to Feb. 8, 2006, allegedly obtained funds by invoicing the city for goods that were never provided.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Griggs registered the fictitious business name Airborne Specialist with the Missouri Secretary of State on March 6, 2002. Griggs reported that he was the sole owner of the business.


            On Oct. 15, 2005, the city of Nixa approved a $9,858 purchase order from Airborne Specialists (a name that Griggs used interchangeably with his registered business name) for 6,200 pounds of Davies Ultra Melt snow and ice remover. Griggs, acting as an agent on behalf of the city, signed a delivery receipt and the city paid the invoice from Airborne Specialists.


            In reality, the affidavit says, there was never any product delivered to the city and Griggs stole $9,858 from the city.


            Whitworth cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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