- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn County Chancery Judge Michael Malski has ordered the sale of Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth after the original owner raided the trust account of almost $500,000.

The announcement came in a news release Tuesday from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

“We are hopeful this sale will restore stability and bring closure to families who have loved ones buried at Forrest Memorial Park,” Hosemann said in a statement.

Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery consists of about 12.5 acres and the sale includes real property only and does not include contractual obligations of the former owners. Sealed bids should be submitted to Alcorn County Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt no later than 5 p.m. May 8.

Hosemann said the bids will be opened no later than 3 p.m. May 11, 2015 and the property sold to the highest bidder.

All closing costs, surveying or legal fees are the responsibility of the individuals who purchases the property, Hosemann said.

A 2011 investigation by Hosemann’s office found Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery pre-need trust accounts were depleted by approximately $473,521 by former owner Wayne Hight.

Hight was sentenced in 2013 to serve four years after pleading guilty to four counts of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. As part of his plea agreement Hight and his family agreed to sign over all their ownership interest in the Corinth cemetery and others to a court appointed receiver.

Hight served a year in prison and remains under supervised release.

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