Former roads commissioner accused of taking funds

John Ford

A former presiding commissioner of the Seneca Special Road District has been charged with stealing nearly $15,000 from the road district over a two-year period.

Jordan Wilson, 24, of Neosho is accused of taking $14,830 from the road district between Aug. 24, 2006, and Feb. 1, 2007.

“A few weeks ago, the Seneca Special Road District came to us and said they believed they were the victims of theft, as they had missing funds,” said Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland. “Our investigation division investigated, and on Friday arrested Jordan Wilson for embezzlement of over $14,000 that occurred in 2006 and 2007. We’ve requested charges for a female at the same time for theft of money and they should be filed this week.”

Copeland said the female suspect is an ex-employee of the road district.

A probable cause affidavit filed by Randall Scott, an investigator with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department, said Jordan, doing business as “A.W. Gravel,” submitted three invoices to the road district for $14,830, which were paid with three checks: the first for $3,800, dated Aug. 24, 2006; the second in the amount of $4,270, dated Sept. 6, 2006; and the third for $6,760, dated Feb. 1, 2007. All three checks were processed through Community Bank & Trust, the affidavit said, and Jordan had an account through Arvest Bank in his name, doing business as “A.W. Gravel.”

“Jordan paid the money back, but only after being caught and confronted by Derrick Brown and Ryan Lankford, and made to do so,” Scott wrote in the affidavit. “Brown said Wilson admitted that he had a gambling problem and was a fraud.”

On Aug. 24, 2006, Wilson filed a fictitious name of “A.W. Gravel” with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, paying for the filing fee with a Visa credit card in his name, the probable cause affidavit states.

Electronic court records on Jordan were not available Monday morning, but because the amount of the alleged theft is larger than $500, but less than $25,000, Jordan could face a Class C felony charge of stealing. The penalty range for a Class C felony is up to seven years in prison.

Wilson has posted a $10,000 bond but not has not been arraigned, Copeland said.

Neosho Daily News