BENTON - A local television reporter is charged with felony stealing.
Tiffany Sisson, a reporter with KFVS-12, turned herself in to the Scott County Sheriff's Department Monday evening and was released after posting a $20,000 bond on charges of stealing from a relative's estate.
According to the complaint filed by Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd, between March 1 and Nov. 20, Sisson, 34, of Oran appropriated more than $20,000. Sisson, who is the guardian/conservator for the estate used the money "for her own use: trips out of state, etc., and outside her authority of the estate, and with the purpose to deprive the estate of those funds."
Authorities became aware of the missing funds after an annual status report was filed by Sisson as guardian.
In an incident report filed by the Scott County Sheriff's Department stated that on Nov. 12: "Sisson intended to file a final settlement and make restitution within 30 days of any monies that may be due, due to expenditures not authorized by the court." Efforts by the investigating officer to contact Sisson noted she had not returned calls and had indicated she was leaving the state soon.
Telephone messages left by the Standard Democrat with Sisson and KFVS had not been returned as of press time.
On the stealing charge, Sisson could face a term of years not to exceed seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections or up to one year in the county jail or other authorized penal institution and/or a fine of up to $5,000.