Former Deputy Charged with Embezzlement

A former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with embezzling about $10-thousand worth of equipment purchased by the sheriff’s office — with a federal grant.

Authorities say 55-year-old Alexander Kieper Jr. of Biloxi sold two spotting scopes, two lenses for the scopes and two tripods to Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport June of 2015. The equipment had been assigned to the former deputy while he was employed with the sheriff’s department, but investigators say the items were never placed in inventory.

“I was very disappointed to be honest with you,” says Jackson County Sheriff, Mike Ezell. “And for a guy to convert this for his own use, it’s illegal. You can’t do that. So that’s what prompted the investigation.”

The sheriff’s department is currently reviewing past inventory control procedures to ensure all equipment purchased is accounted for. If convicted, Mr. Kieper faces up to $25,000 in fines and up to ten years in the state penitentiary. Mr. Kieper was employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years, before resigning in September 2011.

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