MO Coroner Accused of Stealing Dead Man’s Money, Misrepresenting Causes of Death
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey filed criminal charges Thursday accusing a county coroner of stealing money from a deceased person and misrepresenting the causes of death for several people.
Bailey also filed a motion seeking to remove Cape Girardeau County Coroner Wavis Jordan. The criminal charges include three felony counts of providing false information to vital records and one misdemeanor count of theft.
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“My heart goes out to the victims in this case, whose lives were taken,” Bailey said in a statement. “To that end, I am moving for the Cape Girardeau Crown to remove immediately.”
Jordan said he had not been told of Bailey’s allegations and declined comment.
Jordan, a Republican, was elected coroner in the southeast Missouri county in 2020. He could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
A court filing from Bailey said a man died in April at an apartment in Cape Girardeau. The police took a photo of his wallet with money inside. Later, Bailey wrote, Jordan confirmed that he owned the purse, but the money was gone. Jordan denied to police that he took the money.
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The filing also cited several cases where deaths appeared to be suicides or drug overdoses, but Jordan listed the cause of death in each case as “natural.”