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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kinloch Officials Admit to Stealing Money from the Kinloch Fire Protection District

St. Louis, MO – Darren Small, 51, and Jayna Small, 40, husband and wife of Kinloch, MO, have entered pleas of guilty to charges in connection with their theft of funds from the Kinloch Fire Protection District.

 

Jayna Small was President of the Board of Directors of the District. While she was President of the Board, she and her husband Darren Small, who was Chief of the Kinloch Fire Department and Mayor of the City of Kinloch, conspired to divert funds from the District’s bank account for their own personal use, including to purchase clothing, food, liquor, cigarettes, and other items. They also used funds from the District to pay for their personal household utility bills. Jayna Small also admitted that she diverted funds from the District by writing a check from the District’s bank account in the amount of $7,200.00 and using the funds from the check to pay for the funeral expenses of a relative.

 

Darren Small appeared today before United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry and pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and one count of access device fraud. Sentencing has been set for October 25, 2017.

 

Jayna Small appeared before Judge Perry on July 24, 2017 and pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. Sentencing has been set for October 17, 2017.

 

Conspiracy to commit access device fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Access device fraud and interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud each carry a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Topic(s): 
StopFraud
Updated August 3, 2017