Former Independence police chief charged with perjury, misuse of funds, theft

• perjury;

• official misconduct by submitting false expense of more than $25,000;

• misuse of public funds valued between $25,000 and $100,000; and

• theft of property services or services between $25,000 and $100,000. Among the items Parker allegedly stole from the City of Independence included ammunition, bottled water, camping equipment, cots, firearms, firearms accessories, flood buckets, food, generators and U.S. currency.


If convicted on any of the counts, Parker could face anywhere from 11 months to 34 months, a fine of up to $100,00, and postrelease supervision of 12 months.


The charges were filed by Jacqueline Spradling, who court records identify as a special assistant county attorney.


Court records indicate Parker is now a resident of Rogers, Ark.


As in all criminal matters, a person is innocent until proven guilty by a jury or an admission of guilt. The charges only indicate a formal allegation has been made against an individual.

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