Missouri Felon on Probation Received $2 Million in State Economic Development Aid

Good work, Governor Nixon.
The State of Missouri awarded more than $2 million in state economic development aid to a felon currently on probation for writing bad checks.

The Associated Press is reporting that the State of Missouri and Jay Nixon have awarded more than $2 million in state economic development aid to a company led by a man currently on probation for passing more than $90,000 in bad checks. Although the information is readily available on Missouri Case Net, a Nixon spokesman claimed that the governor was unaware that the man sharing the stage with him last week had pleaded guilty to five felonies.
The Southeast Missourian reported:

The Watch Me Smile dental and vision cooperative awarded $2 million in state aid is led by a man on probation after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of passing more than $90,000 in bad checks, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

The city of Cape Girardeau received a $750,000 community development block grant on behalf of Hometown Innovation Team, whose CEO Weaver Dickerson pleaded guilty three years ago to five felony counts of passing bad checks totaling more than $90,000.

Mayor Harry Rediger said he was not aware of Dickerson’s criminal past until today.

“We knew earlier on that he had a previous bankruptcy. We did not know about a probation,” Rediger said in a phone interview today.

Cape Girardeau was a sponsor for Hometown Innovation Team’s application to get state grant funding for the project. Rediger, told the Associated Press Friday that officials knew that Dickerson was on probation and are not concerned. He said the new development would fill some vacant buildings in the city’s downtown near the Mississippi River.

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