Koster sues Veteran's Commission embezzler

Attorney General Chris Koster has filed suit against Veterans Commission accountant for stealing funds from the commission.

Stacy Griffin-Lowery pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft in June 2008 in Cole County, and repaid nearly $18,000.

State Auditor Susan Montee said the Griffin-Lowery embezzled additional $90,000 between June 2006 and January 2008 by getting reimbursed for cash advances and purchases made on her personal credit card.

Koster TMs lawsuit seeks to recover the additional $90,000.

This employee was entrusted to oversee funds appropriated for the well-being and welfare of Missouri veterans, Koster said in a statement. That she would be so disloyal to her agency and to the brave and patriotic men and women it serves is simply astonishing.

The Department of Public Safety asked Koster to look into the matter in order to determine whether he had the legal authority to act in the case.

Koster said he is asking the court to order Griffin-Lowery and her husband, Daniel Lowery, to repay the embezzled money to the state. Other costs to Griffin-Lowery will include attorney fees, court costs, post-judgment interest and any further damages that the court finds fair and reasonable.