December 1, 2022

Former Jackson County Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Mary Apel

The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor Shad White announced Charles Smith, a former employee of Jackson County, has been convicted of two counts of embezzlement. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Angel McIlrath’s office in the courtroom of Judge Robert Krebs. The guilty plea and sentencing were recorded earlier this month.

Smith was indicted for embezzlement earlier this year. He stole road maintenance equipment from Jackson County taxpayers. Upon indictment, he was issued a $1,435.77 demand letter, and the State Auditor’s office recovered and returned the full demand amount to Jackson County taxpayers. A majority of the equipment has been recovered and returned to Jackson County.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for theft in the Auditor’s Office, and people need to know there are serious consequences for embezzlement in Mississippi,” said Auditor White. “I am thankful to the investigators and prosecutors for their hard work.”

Charles Smith is now convicted of a felony offense and will not be able to handle public money again. Judge Krebs’s sentencing order has been filed with the Jackson County Circuit Clerk’s office for public inspection.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online at any time by clicking the red button on the Auditor’s website or calling 1-(800)-321-1275 during normal business hours.

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