Sunday, August 16, 2009

Federal Probe of Rita Hunter Tenure

The files of county wards while Rita Hunter was public administrator will stay locked away for the time being.

Dean Dankelson, Jasper County prosecutor, said that access to the files is being limited at the request of federal authorities. Hunter told Probate Judge David Mouton there is no way she can answer questions before the court about former wards’ estates without file access.

Dankelson said he is keeping the materials locked away at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office.

Officials announced last month that federal authorities had taken over a probe into operations of the administrator’s office during Hunter’s tenure. Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol started the probe in January after Hunter left office and took with her all the files of wards under the care of the public administrator’s office. She later returned about 30 boxes of files, and additional materials were recovered as a result of a search warrant.

Full Article and Source:
Feds want file access denied

See also:
Former Administrator Rita Hunter

Rita Hunter was registered with the National Guardianship Association (NGA) during her tenure. Angie Cassavecchia Ashens, Jasper County Public Administrator is now registered with the NGA.


Anonymous said...

A federal probe? Now we're talking!

Anonymous said...

I don't mind the feds denying the file while they're investigating. After that, it's open season.

Anonymous said...

Who knows how much damage she did - or tampering - while she took the files home with her?

Anonymous said...

Very good news!

Anonymous said...

Rita Hunter deserves life a good, long stay in the big house. Her home and all her personal belongings should be sold to pay back the unfortunate people from whom she stole.

Sue said...


The feds are involved?


Dancing in the streets! Please keep us updated.

I hope this leads to investigation, prosecution, conviction and off to the big house.

Other guardians will take notice, there is no other way to get their attention.

Anonymous said...

You're right, Anon 3, who knows what Hunter did to the files when she took them home.

Each case must be re-opened and re-examined. The records from Hunter must not be trusted.

Anonymous said...

Make an example out of Rita Hunter. Just keep coming with more probes and indictments!

Anonymous said...

Someone with a powerful set of tools needs to put a stop to this out of control lying and hiding the truth.

Someone needs to step up, someone not connected to the probate club to take appropriate actions to keep all guardians accountable and honest putting the best interest of the wards above all else - now.