On December 9, 2020, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested La Trisha A. Crist, age 38, of Canton, Missouri on one count of forgery, a class D felony, pursuant to an investigation involving her role as a clerk for the city of Canton.
Ms. Crist is alleged to have created a false document related to her role as the clerk in charge of water and sewer bills in June, 2020. At that time, she removed herself as the primary account holder and placed the water bill under the name of a family member who had been renting a property Ms. Crist owned at 116 South Fifth Street, Canton, Missouri. There was approximately $300.00 owed to the city of Canton for non-payment. Ms. Crist then began the process to have the family member sent to a collections agency. All of these incidents occurred without the authorization of proper city of Canton personnel.
Ms. Crist's bond was set at $5000 with corporate surety allowed.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Canton Police Department.
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