Former Wayne County Justice Court Clerk Arrested for Embezzlement

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JACKSON, Miss. – Today Auditor
Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Wayne
County Justice Court Clerk Christy James after she was indicted for embezzlement
by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney for the 10th District
Kassie Coleman. A demand letter worth $51,531.80 was delivered to James at the
time of her arrest. The demand amount includes investigative costs and all accrued
interest.

James
is accused of embezzling cash and money orders meant to pay fines levied by the
Wayne County Justice Court. Like other recent cases investigated by the
Auditor’s office, James is purported to have voided transactions in the court’s
accounting software to conceal her crime. Investigators allege James stole
nearly $40,000 from October 2017 to September 2018.

James
surrendered to Special Agents at the Wayne County Jail. Bail set at $5,000 was
not immediately posted.

“I’ve
found that theft of this size is far too common in our small communities. It’s
one of the reasons why demands from the auditor’s office have increased this
past year,” said Auditor White. “The auditor’s office will continue to send the
message that embezzlement like this will not be tolerated. People who are
perpetrating similar schemes around the state should consider themselves on
notice.”

If
convicted, James faces up to 20 years in prison or $5,000 in fines. All persons
arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent
until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the
office of District Attorney Coleman.

A $50,000
surety bond covers James’s employment at the Wayne County Justice Court. A
surety bond is similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from
embezzlement and corruption. James will remain liable for the full amount of
the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

Suspected
fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the
red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at
1-(800)-321-1275.

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