Trial Date Set for Indicted Ex-Clerk

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The trial date for former Jones County Deputy Chancery Clerk Natalie Brooke Ward has been set for Aug. 19.

Ward was indicted in December on charges of embezzling nearly $220,000 from the chancery clerk's office between November 2004 and January 2008. She resigned Feb. 13.

The indictment capped a nearly year-long investigation into missing funds from the office. Court records show Ward is accused of embezzling from a land redemption account.

In December, State Auditor Stacy Pickering issued a demand to Ward for repayment of the missing funds, plus over $57,000 in interest and about $32,000 in investigative costs.

A Jones County grand jury indicted Ward on charges of embezzlement by a public employee and alteration of record.


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