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12/09/2020

Financial Exploitation Arrest

On December 9, 2020, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested La Trisha  A. Crist, age 38, of Canton, Missouri on two counts of financial exploitation of an elder/disabled person , a class D felony, and two counts of financial exploitation of an elder/disabled person, a class E felony.

In June, 2020, the Sheriff's Office received a report that Ms. Crist was stealing money from an elderly and disabled family member.  During this investigation, the Sheriff's Office learned Ms. Crist had been over-seeing the financial matters of the family member since 2017.

After extensive review of various financial records, Ms. Crist is alleged to have used the family member's debit card, stimulus check and other credit cards for her own personal gain in excess of $6000.

Lewis County Assistant Prosecutor, Chelsea Fellinger, filed formal charges and sought a warrant from the court.  A warrant on all counts was received on December 8, 2020.

Ms. Crist's bond was set at $5000 with corporate surety allowed by Associate Judge Thomas P. Redington.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Canton Police Department.

 

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