On 26 June 2015, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport, MS in reference to equipment that had been pawned. Dad’s Super Pawn thought the items being pawned were suspicious and after checking their records determined that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department had purchased them in 2009. The Sheriff’s Department contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigations to assist with the investigation.
The investigation revealed that a former Jackson County Deputy, Alexander Herman Kieper Jr., had sold two spotting scopes, two lenses for the scopes and two tripods on 10 June 2015. The items were purchased on a Homeland Security Grant that was awarded to the Sheriff’s Department in 2006, and have a value of over $10,000. The items had been assigned to the former deputy while he was employed with the Sheriff’s Department and were never placed on inventory. The Sheriff’s Department is currently reviewing past inventory control procedures to ensure all equipment purchased is accounted for.
On 25 February 2016, Alexander Herman Kieper Jr., age 55, of 14510 Lemoyne Blvd. Biloxi, MS was arrested and charged with Embezzlement (97-23-19). If convicted Mr. Kieper faces up to $25,000 in fines and up to 10 years in the state penitentiary. Mr. Kieper was employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years and resigned in September 2011.