The former mayor of Bethany, Missouri, has been charged with several counts of stealing and forgery for crimes that allegedly occurred while he was in office.

Robert “Todd” Williams has been charged with four counts of stealing and 11 counts of forgery following an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Court documents allege that Williams was working as the manager of KC Peterbilt in Bethany when he falsely billed several entities.

The alleged crimes occurred from January 2017 to March of 2018, with Williams serving as mayor of Bethany from April 2017 to April 2019. According to Bethany’s city administrator, Jake Taylor, Williams did not have access to public funds during his term and held little political power with the town being overseen by a board of aldermen.

Williams is said to have stolen $3,891.68 from four victims:

$896.92 from Nail Excavating

$1,324.57 from Larry Bunker

$829.69 from Wendt Timber Solutions

$840.50 from MFA Agri Services

He also is alleged to have committed forgery against 11 victims: Brent Nible, MF&C Incorporated, J.N. Ward Farm, Dennis Hughes, South Harrison School, Manville Farms, Barbed H Cattle, Fischers Concrete Service, Joe Hamaker Trucking, Dale Farming Co. and the city of Cainsville, Missouri.

A warrant has been issued for Williams, but according to the Harrison County Detention Center, he is not currently an inmate at the facility.

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