Officials of the Kinloch Fire Protection District Charged With Stealing Money
St. Louis, MO – Darren Small and Jayna Small, husband and wife of Kinloch, MO, have been charged by complaint with conspiracy, access device fraud and wire fraud in connection with their alleged theft of funds from the Kinloch Fire Protection District. Darren Small is the Chief of the Fire Protection District, and Jayna Small is the President of the Board of Directors for the District.
According to the criminal complaint filed in United States District Court on Friday, Darren Small and Jayna Small 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, and to pay for their personal household utility bills. Darren and Jayna Small face up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, up to ten years in prison on the access device fraud charge and up to 20 years in prison on the wire fraud charge. They are expected to appear in federal court today.
As is always the case, charges set forth in a criminal complaint are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.