Former Carthage parks director pleads not guilty to stealing, money laundering, date set for preliminary hearing


A 9 a.m. March 1 preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Jasper County Circuit Court for former Carthage parks director Mark Peterson who pleaded not guilty Friday to three counts of stealing and two counts of money laundering.

According to the probable cause statement, Peterson stole more than $140,000 from the city between 2020 and 2022.

Peterson was taking money from the operation of the municipal golf course and depositing it into multiple bank accounts labeled as “Mark Peterson DBA Pete’s Pro Shop,” the statement said.


Peterson, who had been head professional at the golf course since 1995, replaced retiring Alan Bull as parks director in 2019.

He is represented by Joplin attorney Brian Glades and is free after posting $10,000 bond.

More information from the probable cause statement can be found at the link below.

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Originally appeared on The Turner Report

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