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Former Everton city clerk sentenced for money laundering

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The former city clerk of Everton was sentenced this week for her role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to methamphetamine trafficking.

Kristy Conn, 46, pleaded guilty in November 2019 prior to the Sept. 23 sentencing. She was ordered to spend 10 years in federal prison without parole, according to a news release from the office of Tim Garrison, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

“This defendant was placed in a position of trust and responsibility but chose to poison her community by enabling violent criminals to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in southwest Missouri," Garrison said in the release.

Conn admitted she participated from June to December 2017 in a money-laundering scheme involving a drug-trafficking organization in California and Mexico. While serving as Everton's city clerk, she directed Ginger Huerta, 41, of Halfway, to send wire transfers of the proceeds from meth to members of the trafficking organization. Huerta separately pleaded guilty in October 2019 to her role in the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies; she awaits sentencing.

Helped by Conn, the drug-trafficking organization distributed more than 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Springfield area, according to the release.

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