NIXA, Mo. -- An auction on Jan. 29 of property seized from Larry and and Paula Covington raised $60,621. The Covingtons are two of the three people who are serving federal prison terms for embezzling about $750,000 from the City of Nixa.
The city sold the Covingtons' property to recoup some of its losses. The auction company collected $4,574 for its commission and expenses, leaving the city with $56,046.
In a news release, the City of Nixa said its Public Works Department is using some of the items that were seized from the Covingtons. Those include a battery charger, an electric grinder, an electric welder, a tool box, a folding ladder, and some other tools and hardware. The value of those items is about $2,800.
Nixa has also received about $52,000 from Larry Covington's retirement account. That means the total amount of restitution credited to the Covingtons is $112,293. Parts of the embezzlers' sentences are to make restitution of the full $750,000. The Covingtons' co-defendant, David Griggs, has paid $1,320 in restitution.