AG Hawley Brings Another Public Corruption Case

Public Corruption Team files felony charges against Cooper County Clerk

Jul 24, 2017, 14:18 PM
Jul 24, 2017, 14:17 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that he has filed felony and misdemeanor charges against Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf. This is the third corruption prosecution against public officials by AG Hawley’s Public Corruption Team. Kempf is charged with failure to furnish a return, receiving stolen property, and stealing. 

Charges filed Thursday allege Kempf unlawfully obtained a vehicle that was being leased by Cooper County, and then intentionally withheld a sales tax return on the vehicle. The charges further allege Kempf improperly used county funds to pay off the lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra. Kempf titled the vehicle with the Missouri Department of Revenue in the name of Cooper County.  Days later, Kempf filled out a Missouri Department of Revenue Affidavit, declaring that Cooper County was gifting the truck to Kempf.            

This case is the latest prosecution by the Attorney General’s Public Corruption Team, formed to investigate and prosecute corruption by public officials. “I promised to take on public corruption in Missouri,” Hawley said. “And that’s exactly what we’re doing.”            

Kempf’s case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office following investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. The State Auditor’s Office also assisted with the case.