Former Columbia Police Chief Arrested

The former police chief of Columbia, Miss., has been arrested after he was indicted by a Marion County grand jury.

The office of Attorney General Jim Hood says 47-year-old Joe Vann Parkman, was charged by investigators with the Public Integrity Division on two counts of false pretense and one count embezzlement.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 20, 2008 and July 17, 2008, that
Parkman did, with intent to defraud, make false and fraudulent statements to
the city of Columbia by providing false statements to the city clerk
concerning purchases. The indictment also alleges that Parkman embezzled
from the city.

Parkman was booked into the Marion/Walthall Regional Correctional
Facility. If convicted, he faces up to five years per count on the false
pretense charges and up to ten years on the one count of embezzlement.


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