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Ex-court clerk in Mississippi is charged with embezzlement

March 1, 2021 GMT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state auditor says a former city court clerk is accused of taking nearly $67,000 that people submitted to pay fines in Houston, Mississippi.

Auditor Shad White said in a news release Monday that Kathy Smith is accused of taking cash and money orders that people paid from 2013 to 2018, and of manipulating records to disguise what was happening.

Smith turned herself in for arrest Friday at the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department after she was indicted on embezzlement. A judge set bond at $25,000.

An employee in the circuit clerk’s office said Monday that court records did not show whether Smith is represented by an attorney.

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A demand letter from the auditor said Smith is accused of embezzling $66,830. The auditor issued a demanding letter seeking that amount, plus $36,445 in interest and $28,423 in recovery costs.