Former JCJC Employee Sentenced

A former employee of Jones County Junior College has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement.

40-year-old Tracy Laird, of Ellisville, pleaded guilty to taking more than $90,000 from Jones County Junior College from 2007 to 2009.

Laird was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional five years post-release supervision.

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office investigated the case.

“The college reported accounting violations to the State Auditor’s Office last spring after uncovering questionable activity by Tracy Laird,” according to a prepared statement by Jones County Junior College. “Laird was a bonded employee of the college who was terminated when college officials discovered the violations.”

Laird was ordered to repay $110,429.46, including interest and investigative costs. Her payments must begin within 60 days of beginning her five year post-release supervision.

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  • by Marc in South MS on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    People should think before they post comments on this site. Colleges and Universities do not pay taxes. They are funded in part by our taxes, and are not subject to quarterly tax reporting. It seems it is always easy to blame someone other than the perpetrator. Someone who is good at his/her job can hide this sort of thing for years, but it ultimately comes back to bite them. Nobody overlooked it or looked over it, it just took a while to discover.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    mmm why did it take so long to report this... if all are doing their job woudl had been spotted in the second quarter in the taxes..
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