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Former shelter director charged in misappropriation of $20,000

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOV.com)- The former executive director of a Cape Girardeau women's shelter is facing two felony charges after misappropriating more than $20,000 for personal use, according to authorities. 

According to a probable cause statement, Allison Leonard, 43, has been charged with one count of theft and one count of fraudulent use of a credit device after Leonard used the Safe House for Women credit card for more than $20,000 in personal expenses, then paid for the charges with funds belonging to the safe house.

Leonard was dismissed from her position as the executive director in 2014, just a year after being appointed to the position. 

Detective Jeff Lucas of the Cape Girardeau Police Department said in the statement that staff members at the Safe House for Women found credit card statements with transactions and cash advances whited out and photocopies placed in a file for audit purposes. 

Lucas said Safe House's financial analysts determined that no grant money or fundraising receipts were misappropriated, and the organization has taken preventative steps to avoid similar situations in the future. 

Leonard began working with Safe House in 2003 and previously worked for the Department of Social Services. 

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