LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — The police chief of the Old Monroe Police Department has been indicted for exploitation of the elderly, according to a press release from Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Wood.
Kimla Lowery was indicted on five charges including forgery and financial exploitation of the elderly.
In June 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ criminal division opened an investigation into the financial exploitation of a 96-year-old who was diagnosed with dementia.
Reports allege Lowery knowingly abused the trust and confidence of an elderly and disabled person by using her position as police chief to take control of the elderly victim’s finances, property, mail and medical decisions.
The relationship between Lowery and the victim is not known.
“The Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is taking these allegations seriously and will prosecute aggressively cases involving public corruption and abuses of power. Those who hold the public trust must be held to the highest standards,’ Wood said.
If convicted, Lowery faces a maximum of 43 years in prison, $80,000 in fines or both.