Inquiry into inappropriate spending of ex-court administrator - KCTV5

Former court administrator's credit card use part of criminal inquiry

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Law enforcement officers are looking into the business practices and expenditures of a former Jackson County employee.

Teresa York abruptly resigned earlier this summer as the Jackson County court administrator. This came after court officials began probing her spending practices. The findings have been turned over to law enforcement agencies.

York approved and managed purchases for the courts, which receive both state and county taxpayer monies.

A Kansas City area attorney for York declined comment.

The Jackson County court says its investigation into York is essentially complete, but now the courts say they must begin restoring the public trust in future handling of taxpayers' money.

Court records obtained by KCTV5's reporting partner, The Kansas City Star, show that York used a court-supplied credit card to purchase more than $25,000 in gift cards, some of which were to be used as bonuses and incentives for employees. The card credit statements showed she paid more than $1,000 for two spa visits at a casino in Reno, NV. She was attending a professional conference.

The Star reported that York's credit card statements show purchases for spa visits, a women's clothing store and an optical shop. Other personal purchases were also found, the newspaper reported.

York was placed on paid leave June 4. After KCTV5 first broke news about the internal court investigation, York resigned as Jackson County's court administrator effective July 2.  Her job as the administrator was to manage court funds and she was in charge of keeping records and information systems.

York had worked at the courthouse since 1984 and became administrator in 2003.

At this time, York has not been charged. However, since the court's internal investigation did confirm that York violated court purchasing policy, they have now turned the case over to law enforcement officials for future investigation, which could result in charges.

Click here to read more about the criminal inquiry.  To read previous coverage, click here and here.

To read the Star's report, click here.

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