- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Warren County has been reimbursed for about one-third of the money it lost in a public corruption case involving a former circuit clerk.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering on Monday gave county supervisors a check for just over $279,000.

He says the money was recovered as part of the investigation into former clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. She is serving a five-year prison sentence for embezzling her office’s civil and criminal accounts in 2012.

The money paid to the county is part of the $818,252 owed by Palmertree. Pickering says the payment came from a bond company that had a contractual obligation to reimburse the county.

The auditor says his office continues to pursue $100,000 from another bond.

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