- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A state official says a former city clerk in Itta Bena has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and been sentenced to a year on house arrest. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says LaCheronda Spivey also was ordered to repay $47,300.

Pickering said in a news release Thursday that her office already has given the city $50,000 from Spivey’s bond.

The total is about $51,000 less than Spivey was ordered to pay last November by the State Auditor’s Office.

Spivey was Itta Bena’s deputy city clerk from 1999 to 2011, when she became city clerk. She resigned in 2014.

Pickering says Spivey took money from the city’s light, water, and sewer accounts from 2010-2014.

Pickering says the year on house arrest will be followed by 5 years on probation.

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