The Mississippi state auditor's office arrested the Alcorn County Tax Collector recently, charging him with embezzlement and fraud.
The State Auditor also issued a demand letter, claiming the former tax official owes $69,155.23 to Alcorn County taxpayers. The amount includes interest and investigative expenses. The arrest followed a grand jury indictment of the county tax collector on two counts of embezzlement and one count of making a fraudulent statement to a local grand jury.
Authorities say the embezzlement came from the sale of car tags. The tax collector took the cash the county obtained by recycling unused vehicle license tags. He is also accused of pocketing official fees when people paid in cash. Investigators also found evidence the defendant created and signed fraudulent bills of sale as the tax collector. From March 2012 through March 2020, the defendant purportedly embezzled $2,689.58 from Alcorn County.
In addition to the criminal findings, the former employee is allegedly responsible for losses to the county in the amounts of $43,746.48 and $5,478.81 through waiving late penalties associated with the licensing and registration of motor vehicles. If convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. "Alcorn County Tax Collector charged with embezzlement and fraud" www.journalinc.com (Dec. 21, 2020).