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      Audit criticizes operation of Callaway Co. courts

      A state audit criticized the operation of the Callaway County Circuit courts and found money missing because of lax oversight and accounting.

      The audit released Wednesday documented $355 missing but said thousands more could be missing.

      A former Callaway County circuit clerk supervisor was fired in October 2012. The clerk's name has not been released.

      The Columbia Daily Tribune reports an earlier review by the Office State Court Administrator found 60 questionable transactions in 2012 totaling $8,845, all of which could be missing.

      That prompted a county judge to ask State Auditor Thomas Schweich to conduct an audit for all of 2011 and 2012. That audit found another $2,802 that could be missing, totaling $11,647.

      Circuit Clerk Judy Groner says changes have been made to address the problems.