Court Weighs Embezzlement Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A decision is expected by July 16 from the Mississippi Supreme Court whether or not to hear an appeal from former Clarke County deputy justice court clerk, Lynn Fagan, who was convicted of embezzlement in 2001.

Fagan was convicted of embezzling over $30,000. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison with eight years suspended.

Justice courts in Mississippi collect fines generated in misdemeanor county cases. They are also the courts that collect fines on tickets issued by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Auditors say Fagan took the money between 1997 and 1999. She was indicted for three counts of embezzlement.

In 2003, the Mississippi Court of Appeals in a 5-5 tie vote upheld Fagan's sentence. Fagan then asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to hear the case.


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