Mississippi Department of Corrections probation officer Dendrick Hurd has been arrested. He was indicted on two counts of embezzlement in Forrest County.
Hurd is accused of abusing his position as an MDOC probation/parole agent and embezzling money from people attempting to pay court-sentenced fees and fines.
Allegedly, Hurd directed probationers under his supervision to purchase money orders and leave them blank, then recorded his information on the money orders and negotiated them to benefit himself.
He was reported to the auditor’s office when the probationers’ MDOC accounts did not reflect these money order payments.
Special agents arrested Hurd and transported him to the Forrest County jail where his bail will be set by the court.
If convicted, Hurd faces up to 20 years in prison or $5,000 in fines for each charge of embezzlement.
Investigators continue to identify potential victims of Hurd’s alleged scheme.