CARTHAGE, MO.--- The "Shop with a Deputy" fund will no longer be able to use the county's tax number. The issue came up after an account review, prompted by a $3,000 invoice. Sheriff Archie Dunn had asked the county to pay for breast cancer research challenge coins from those funds. The money fro the funds comes from private donations for "Shop with a Deputy", but commissioners questioned whether the donations were being misappropriated to promote Sheriff Dunn's re-election campaign.
"We're concerned people were donating money to Shop with a Deputy and it was being used for Christmas money or to buy gifts and we didn't want the county to be involved in that type of situation," states John Bartosh, Jasper County Presiding Commissioner.
Sheriff Dunn had no comment. His attorney, Bill Fleischaker, says they are moving the account to a separate non for profit account.