Areawide Media is among several media outlets who are the victims of a Missouri woman charged with stealing.
Chastity Dawn Foster, 33, Willow Springs, Mo., was arrested June 3 at the Howell County Sheriff's Department on a warrant charging her with four counts of stealing, according to a sheriff's report.
Since Foster's arrest, Janie Flynn, publisher of Areawide Media, was contacted by Darrin Reed with the Willow Spring's Police Department. Flynn said that Foster placed several advertisements for different businesses in the company's newspapers, but that all but $550 was collected from Foster.
According to reports, Foster, doing business as Ozark Marketing Management Inc., represented several businesses in the southern Missouri and northern Arkansas area and placed advertisements for them in both aired and published media. Foster allegedly collected the cost of the advertisements from the businesses, but instead of paying the media outlets who ran the ads, she kept the money for herself.
Reed said that the media outlets who were not paid, included the Howell County News in Willow Springs, Mo., KHOM Radio in West Plains, Mo., and KUPH-FM Central Ozark Radio Network in Mtn. View, Mo. Other media outlets, including Areawide Media, may be added to the list as the investigation continues.
Another complaintant in the stealing by deceit charges is the Open Range Steak House in Willow Springs. The business produced copies of checks showing that the restaurant paid Foster over $8,000 for advertising she placed in various media outlets. The copies show that Foster either cashed or deposited the money, but did not pay the media outlets for the advertisements, reports said.
Foster reportedly owes over $4,000 to the Howell County News in Willow Springs and $11,000 to KHOM Radio in West Plains.