Former investigator convicted of embezzlement
A former investigator for a Mississippi District Attorney’s Office has been convicted of embezzlement.
Authorities say Joe Edney deposited thousands of dollars of court fees into his own bank account. He used his position overseeing a pre-trial diversion program to deposit public money meant to pay court fees into his own personal bank account.
The State Auditor’s Office said that Edney pleaded guilty Monday in Tunica County Circuit Court.
A sentencing date has not been set. Edney worked for the district attorney in Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica counties.
Auditor Shad White says his office has recovered more than $14,000 from Edney.
That includes the money taken plus interest and investigative costs. The money was returned to the district attorney’s office.