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11-30-16

Employee accused of
misusing public money
Police: son of road district commissioner
bought items with road district funds

by Ivan Foley
Landmark publisher

An employee of the Parkville Special Road District is charged with a felony after allegedly making more than $2,500 in personal purchases with road district funds.

Prosecutors charged Kurt Eckard, 49, of Smithville, with receiving stolen property, a felony.

Eckard is the son of Brenda Teters, who is the presiding commissioner of the Parkville Special Road District.

Eckard remains an employee of the district, though sources said he has been off work since having surgery earlier this fall.

Court documents indicate that Eckard did not return phone calls or acknowledge attempts by Platte County Sheriff’s Department detectives to contact him during the investigation.

According to the allegations in court documents, Eckard made several purchases at a pair of auto parts stores that were charged to the road district. Authorities say the purchases appear to be for personal use.

Numerous receipts signed by Eckard, dated Februray 2015 through May 2016 were for unauthorized purchases. The purchases were done at Carquest Auto Parts in Parkville and also at O’Reilly Auto Parts in southern Platte County.

At Carquest, authorities allege $1,200 worth of unauthorized purchases were made and at O’Reilly another $1,300 worth of unauthorized items.

Purchases at the Carquest included a 2003 Dodge Durango cooling fan assembly, tie rod ends and sleeves for a 1998 Chevy, a sway bar kit and a 2005 Dodge Ram hub assembly.

At O’Reilly’s, purchases included a blower motor and blower motor resistor, an ignition control module, a hub assembly and trailer wire connectors and a fuel pump.

Parkville Special Road District manager Garry Hevalow told authorities that employees are not authorized to make personal purchases and charge the items to an road district account at any location. The road district has not been reimbursed for any purchases Eckard made and charged at either location, authorities say.

Hevalow told authorities the only vehicles the road district utilizes are two International trucks and seven Ford trucks.

A warrant was issued for Eckard’s arrest on Wednesday, Nov. 16. His bond will be set at $5,000 cash or surety, per Judge Ann Hansbrough.