HILLSBORO — The former president of the Jefferson County Shop With a Cop charity has been charged after police say she stole “several thousands of dollars” from the organization as well as proceeds intended to benefit paralyzed Ballwin officer Mike Flamion, according to court documents.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department investigated allegations of the misuse of funds, which led to the charges against Angela McMunn, 47, according to Sheriff David Marshak.
Her husband, Mike McMunn, was the interim police chief for De Soto. He was terminated in February, and has since filed a lawsuit against the city.
His wife founded the charity in late 2015 to raise money that would allow police officers to take low-income children shopping during the holidays. She served as president of the organization until April 2018, according to court documents.
This past holiday season, the organization sent about 300 children shopping with officers from Jefferson County, according to its new president, Festus police Cpl. Jessica Griffaw. She said the organization has already taken steps to ensure no other money is stolen.
Marshak said members of his department joined the organization last year and emphasized that McMunn is not affiliated with his department.
“I’m proud of our investigators and analyst that worked with prosecutors at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office to hold Angela McMunn accountable for the allegations that tarnished the Shop with a Cop name,” he wrote.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt lauded the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for its investigation, saying it’s what led his office to file the charges.
“Stealing from charities for personal benefit — specifically charities that would use the money to help law enforcement, who sacrifice their lives every day for our safety — is reprehensible,” Schmitt wrote.
It’s unclear just how much McMunn is accused of stealing, but court documents indicate she stole small amounts, such as $500 at a time, “on numerous occasions,” between August 2016 and November 2017 for personal use including volleyball fees, subdivision dues and loan payments, according to the documents.
After the shooting that left Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion paralyzed from the neck down, McMunn used proceeds from a fundraiser for Flamion for personal expenses, according to the documents. She used a Shop With A Cop bank account to purchase T-shirts showing support for Flamion, advertising that all the proceeds would benefit him.
Investigators say McMunn made a large donation to Flamion, but that she used more than $500 for personal expenses, according to the documents.
The Flamions declined to comment.
McMunn was arrested Tuesday, and posted $6,000 bail. Associate Circuit Judge Jeffrey Coleman granted a request from prosecutors to set conditions for her release including that she may not collect charitable donations, operate, work or volunteer for, or associate with any nonprofit.