Former Kansas City Water Worker Accused Of Stealing EPIC Cash

Today's reminder about government mismanagement and why water bills have been skyrocketing over recent years . . . Check-it:

"Steven Berry, 49, faces one count of felony stealing in excess of $25,000.

"Court documents filed in support of the charges detail an investigation by the KCMO City Auditors office in April 2021. The audit flagged 67 transactions made by Berry, who as electrical superintendent was in charge of all electrical equipment maintenance at 14 KC Water pump stations across the city.

"The transactions covered a period between November 2018 and April 2021. Sixty-five of the transactions authorized payment to vendors that were not on the citys authorized vendor list. Auditors traced the transactions and found they were all made to Coale Electric LLC. A business search of the company revealed it was co-owned by Berrys sister.

"Such payment violated the city's policies on procurement card usage."

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