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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  • by ed on Nov 13, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    well want to get better rating in the area.. the dept. needs more members like all of us... my dept was hit hard with deployment but out side of that its volunteer we do because we enjoy it.. but we also have families and lives and cant be there 24/7.. this state takes me with the lack of involvement from the communities where i come from there is enough that there is not only vol. fire but ambulance as well and employers work with you... as well as the state...
  • by Randy Location: Philadelphia on Nov 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    I live in the Longino fire zone, and now stuck with high insurance rates! The fireman at the dept are a great bunch of Volunteers and deserve better. But does not surprise me that Central Electric would turn off a Fire house Electricity!
  • by ed on Nov 12, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    Puzzled, the reason is because all want to find fault to make a runaway the victim... when someone steels money like this is looked at expected.... personally think jail time should also been used.. plus pay back all cost.. but more so the chief and asst.chief need to answer to this as well s the head of the head of that dept. board..
  • by JOSIE Location: MERIDIAN on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    DID SHE REALLY THINK SHE WAS NEVER GONNA BE CAUGHT? I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN THINGS,THAT IT'S ACTUALLY THERES. I WORK WITH SOMEONE ELSE'S MONEY EVERYDAY,BUT I'T IS NOT WORTH GOING TO JAIL FOR BEING STICKY FINGERS.WE ALL MAKE BAD DECISIONS IN LIFE BUT ONLY IF WE THOUGHT MORE CLEARLY ABOUT THE CONCIQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS,IT WOULD MAYBE SAVE US ALL ALOT OF PROBLEMS.
  • by mm Location: county on Nov 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    PUZZLED, what's this got to do with teenagers running away? This case went to court, sentencing was handed down and repayment was ordered.
  • by Rebecca Location: meridian on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    So sad that someone does that to an organization that is actually there to save your life!
  • by puzzled Location: stonewall ms on Nov 12, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    ya know when those teenagers run away, everyone has something to say ,But when someone embezzles money no one has a comment. huh weird
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