Former police chief accused of stealing from city - KMOV.com

Former police chief accused of stealing from city

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CHARLACK, Mo (KMOV.com) -- The former police chief, who also served as a city administrator in the St Louis County community of Charlack, faces stealing and corruption charges.
 
Anthony Umbertino was fired in July amid an investigation into city finances and use of a city credit card. In the small community of around 1,300 people, Umbertino is the second official facing criminal charges. The former mayor, Jim Beekman, was indicted on theft charges earlier this summer.
 
Both sets of charges follow a Missouri Highway Patrol investigation. Umbertino previously said that he initially called the Highway Patrol and asked the agency to look into Beekman's use of city funds.
 
The indictment, handed down in St. Louis County, does not give details related to the investigation.
Umbertino is already involved in a civil case with the City of Charlack suing over allegations of misuse of city funds.
 
"We think it's in excess of 20,000 dollars. The forensic accounting is being done now," said Elkin Kistner.
 
Kistner said Umbertino also had a city-issued credit card. Statements showed questionable purchases.
 
"The statements would suggest that Mr. Umbertino utilized the city credit card on expenses that were personal rather than city business and on expenses that were personal, rather than city goods."
 
The attorney representing Umbertino in the criminal case wouldn't address specific allegations.
 
"We believe the accusations against Officer Umbertino are false and without merit. Officer Umbertino maintains his innocense and we believe justice will prevail in this case," said attorney David Gregory.
 
News 4 learned Umbertino has continued his law enforcement career in the tiny Lincoln County community of Silex, Missouri.
 
Late Tuesday night, Chief Richard McDermott emailed News 4's Diana Zoga with the following statement, "Sergeant Anthony Umbertino has been [on] administrative leave since September 3, 2012.  This leave is ongoing pending the outcome of the investigation in reference to the City of Charlack.  I have no further comment."  
 
The Missouri Highway Patrol's investigation into the criminal case is ongoing.

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