The mystery of Merriam’s missing Municipal Court money
Merriam Municipal Court clerk Fabiola Cruz was arrested June 27, 2011, for allegedly embezzling from the public trust.
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release announcing that the 35-year-old Cruz was tagged with five felony charges: one for stealing more than $100,000 and the other four for computer crimes. However, the charges were quietly dropped before a scheduled preliminary hearing, and the case was closed June 4, 2012.
Now Cruz is suing Merriam and several of its employees, including the city administrator and the police chief.