- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Prentiss Municipal Court clerk will serve two years of house arrest and have to repay nearly $80,000 after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1nfC5Fw ) State Auditor Stacey Pickering said Thursday that 59-year-old Gail Williams was sentenced to five years with two years to be served under house arrest and three years suspended after she pleaded guilty earlier this week to embezzling $89,620.

As court clerk, Williams accepted cash payments for court fines and did not record the payments on the monthly reports submitted to the town clerk.

Williams had been employed by the town for 26 years prior to her resignation.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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