Former Jackson County employee pleads guilty to stealing road equipment
A former Jackson County employee pleaded guilty to stealing road maintenance equipment from the county.
Charles Smith was convicted of two counts of embezzlement for stealing road equipment such as chainsaws, lawn trimmers, a concrete saw and tractor implements from the county. He was sentenced to 10 years per count, fined $350 per count and $100 to the victim’s fund, as well as court fees and $1,4355.77 from the state Auditor’s Office, who investigated the case.
All of the equipment Smith stole was returned to Jackson County. A second suspect has not yet been to court.
Judge Robert Krebs suspended the sentence and ordered 5 years of probation. Smith also can never handle public money again because of his conviction.
A spokesman for the Auditor’s Office said Smith has paid his fines.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for theft in the Auditor’s Office, and people need to know there are serious consequences for embezzlement in Mississippi,” said Auditor Shad White. “I am thankful to the investigators and prosecutors for their hard work.”