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Former Barber County public works director indicted for stealing

The former director of public works for Barber County and his wife are facing federal indictment on charges that diverted vehicles purchases from the county to a private company and sold them for cash.

Steven E. Collier, 49, Nashville, Kan., has been charged with four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds, three counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and three counts of sale of stolen property. Collier’s wife, Diana L. Collier, 58, Medicine Lodge, Kan., is charged with four counts of theft from a program receiving federal funds, two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property and four counts of sale of stolen property. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today that the indictment accuses Steven Collier of buying vehicles with county money and diverting them to Bar-Shaw Trucking and Excavating, LLC, which was incorporated by Diana Collier. The indictment says the couple sold two trucks, a bulldozer and a tractor for more than $94,000.

If convicted, the couple could face 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines on each count.

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