An employee of the Platte County Collector’s office has been charged with stealing approximately $16,000 in tax payments. Barbara K. Milton, 30, of Parkville, is accused of taking the money from cash payments made at the Platte County South Annex at 7655 NW Prairie View Road.
Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said his office filed charges January 22, following an investigation by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department.
“It is never a good day when a government worker is charged with crimes relating to his or her official duties,” Zahnd said. “But the public can rest assured that whenever we uncover wrongdoing by public employees, Platte County officials will work tirelessly to see that justice is done.”
Court documents allege Milton stole cash payments made at the Platte County Collector’s Office South Annex beginning in May or June 2008. Milton allegedly altered computer records involving cash payments.
Milton is also accused of stealing cash payments made after the 4:00 p.m. cut-off for daily reports. Milton allegedly gave taxpayers handwritten receipts for their payments but placed the cash in her personal belongings.
Milton allegedly used the money to gamble at Kansas City-area casinos.
Zahnd noted that the Collector’s Office immediately reported the alleged crime and assisted in the investigation. “In this case, the Collector’s Office took quick action to notify the Sheriff’s Department after it uncovered possible wrongdoing,” he said. “Collector’s Office employees then cooperated fully with all aspects of the criminal investigation.”
Milton currently serves as Secretary of the Platte County Republican Central Committee and President of the Platte County Federated Republican Women’s club.
Milton is charged with felony stealing and tampering with a public record, a misdemeanor. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison for stealing and one year in jail for tampering with the records.
Milton is being held in the Platte County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.
The charges against Milton are merely accusations, and Milton is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.