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Wrestling club treasurer charged with taking funds

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

The former treasurer of the Platte City Youth Wrestling Club faces a felony charge of stealing from the not-for-profit organization.

Debra Renee Callaway, 43, of Platte City is charged with the Class C felony of stealing, reports Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Tammy Glick.

Callaway was arrested on Friday and her bond was set at $20,000. Her attorney filed a motion for a 10% bond, which was approved by the court with no objection by the state. Callaway then posted bond and a hearing in her case has been set for June 4 at 9 a.m. in Platte County Circuit Court.

Wrestling club officials apparently had noticed irregularities in the organization's books. An investigation was conducted by the Platte City Police Department.

According to court papers, authorities believe that from Oct. 20, 2000 through Feb. 27, 2002 Callaway embezzled currency and cash in the amount of $4,636.47 from the wrestling club.

In a statement of probable cause filed with the court, authorities allege Callaway admitted in the course of the investigation that she took $2,000 from the club. She told authorities that she had financial problems at the time, according to court papers.

Glick explained that any theft of more than $750 is considered a felony.