Ms. Redden reports Mrs. Hunter wrote checks from her wards' accounts to health care agencies sending out money which was not even due:
Probate court records show Hunter paid more than $60,000 from the accounts of five wards — with nearly $35,000 sent to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from the estate of one ward, and more than $26,000 to the Missouri Medicaid program from the accounts of four other wards.
During the same period, nearly $21,000 was spent in pre-need burial plans for the five wards.
At year’s end, three of the five wards were handed over to the new public administrator with no money in their estates; one had $229 and another, $200.
Hunter did not return calls to Globe messages left questioning the state payments.
Once again, it is time to empanel a grand jury and the county should rethink its decision to have a Joplin accounting firm going over the records of Mrs. Hunter's four-year term. While there is no reason to question the integrity of the company, this case cries out to have someone brought in from the outside to ensure the public has confidence in the results.
As for the most recent revelations, it certainly appears that a part of Mrs. Hunter's actions, in addition to the series of lawsuits against her, may be attributed to a desire to make things as difficult as possible for the woman who beat her in the Republican primary in August, Angie Casavecchia.