by Ivan Foley
An employee of the Parkville Special Road District who authorities say made more than $2,500 in personal purchases with road district funds has been sentenced to five years probation.
As part of a plea agreement, Kurt Eckard, 50, of Smithville pled guilty to receiving stolen property in a court hearing held last week. He had been charged with the crime in November 2016.
Eckard was working for the district at the time of the crime and is the son of Brenda Teters, who is an elected commissioner of the Parkville Special Road District.
Eckard last week entered a guilty plea to a class C felony of receiving stolen property. In addition to the five years probation, Eckard must complete 150 hours of community service. He also must pay restitution to the district.
Authorities found evidence unauthorized purchases were made on the road district’s business account. According to authorities, Eckard made several purchases at a pair of auto parts stores that were charged to the road district. Authorities say the purchases were 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.
At the time the charge was filed, 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 said at the time.
Hevalow told authorities the only vehicles the road district utilizes are two International trucks and seven Ford trucks.