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Former Boomtown Days finance officer admits to stealing funds

Updated September 24, 2012:  Kim Lester has admitted to stealing more than $25,000 from Joplin Boomtown Days fund.

Lester had originally pled not guilty to charges of theft and stealing.  However, today she changed her plea to guilty.  

Per the plea agreement, Lester will serve no jail time, but receives five years of supervised probation, and is ordered to pay more than $500 in legal fees and restitution costs.

Boomtown Days is the annual community celebration of Joplin's heritage.

The Chairman of the Boomtown Days Event Committee tells us the event was canceled this year only because so many resources were dedicated to recognizing the anniversary of the tornado.

However, Boomtown Days is scheduled to return the second week of June 2013.

Updated March 9, 2012:  Court action in the case of the woman accused of stealing from Joplin's Boomtown Days fund.

Kim Lester was the financial officer of the Event Committee when investigators determined more than $25,000 was missing.

The state filed felony stealing charges against Lester in November.

And now she has waived her right to a preliminary hearing which is to determine whether there's enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Lester's next court appearance is set for April 2.

Reported November 4, 2011:  The investigation into missing money from Boomtown Days brings felony charges.

The state filed those charges today against Kim Lester, was the committee's finance officer at the time.  Lester is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the Boomtown Fund.

Lester is scheduled for arraignment on November 16.

Since the investigation the Boomtown committee has put two people in charge of watching its finances.

The Missouri Highway Patrol conducted the investigation into the missing money.

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