CARTHAGE, Mo. — The former executive director of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau is accused of stealing from the organization.
The Jasper County District Attorney filed a Class A felony charge against 41-year-old Callie Myers of Carthage after a year-long investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol took over the investigation in August 2021, after city leaders investigated and suspended Myers from her position as executive director.
City of Carthage officials said they contacted law enforcement after reviewing bank statements showing Myers used the CVB debit card for personal gain, according to the probable cause statement filed with the court.
Authorities say further investigation determined that Myers used the card for clothing, food, payments to her husband, payments to her daughter, payments to a hair salon and beauty items, purchases from local restaurants, cell phones and accessories, and alcohol.
Court records indicate that when council members questioned Myers about these purchases, she claimed they were for CVB’s use. Council members say the documents provided to the city do not match Myers’ statements.
Myers is accused of making more than $4,700 in unauthorized purchases. Additionally, she is accused of making an additional $3,282 of purchases without a paper trail to determine what the money was spent on. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Myers.
A second former CVB employee, Alexandria Hodkin, was mentioned in the probable cause statement. The court document says Hodkin was the employee who informed city leaders of the purchases made by Myers. Hodkin was also placed on administrative leave, and investigators said in the statement that she, too, may have made unauthorized purchases. Hodkin has not been charged.