Two Jackson County men accused of stealing, selling county equipment

Embezzlement
Jonathan Smith, left, and Charles Smith

Two Jackson County men, accused of taking county owned equipment, have been indicted on charges of embezzlement.

Jonathan Smith and Charles Smith are accused of stealing equipment like chainsaws, weedeaters, a concrete saw and tractor implements. Several of those items allegedly were pawned or sold.

Jonathan Smith also is accused of stealing two catalytic converters from county-owned vehicles.

“From the largest public fraud cases to the theft of government property at a local government, my office will pursue every lead and every case,” said State Auditor Shad White. “Thank you to the investigators for their work putting a stop to this scheme.”

Both men were served their indictments and demand letters last week, White said. Charles Smith is ordered to repay the state $1,435.77 while Jonathan Smith is ordered to repay $3,549.79. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrests of both individuals.

Both men face up to 40 years in prison or $10,000 in fines.

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