County Recovers Over $15,000

Over $15,000 embezzled from Lauderdale County was returned Monday to the Lauderdale County board of supervisors.

County administrator Mike Sumrall said the money came through an insurance policy that covers employee theft.

Former road department employee, Kenneth Lanier, was ordered to repay the money as a requirement of his guilty plea to embezzlement through abuse of the county's Fuelman card. The insurance company could seek to recover the amount from Lanier.

The case was investigated by the Mississippi State Auditor in conjunction with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

The embezzlement took place between July 20, 2006, and Oct. 25, 2006. Lanier was charged in August 2008.

Lanier received a 10-year sentence, with all but one day of the sentence suspended.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says there are currently a number of other cases similar to this one being investigated around the state.

His office also reported Monday that Karlandos Cornelius Hodge was arrested in an unrelated case, following a grand jury indictment in Edwards, Miss., for embezzlement. That case also involved the use of a Fuelman card to fuel a personal vehicle. Hodge was a police officer there from April 2006 to March 2008.

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