Former Fire Department Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The former treasurer of the Longino Volunteer Fire Department has been sentenced to five years in prison and has been ordered to pay more than $60,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

The Neshoba Democrat reported Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten suspended four years of the sentence for Patricia Edwina White and placed her on four years probation.

White resigned nearly two years ago when authorities began investigating problems with the finances, when bills went unpaid and the electricity at the fire house was disconnected for nonpayment.

Prosecutors say White not only wrote checks on the fire department to directly purchase items for herself and her home, but also that she cashed checks made out to herself.

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