- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A former police officer who led a Mississippi group to stop crimes is instead accused of committing them.

Elijah Wilson, who coordinated North Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers as a Holly Springs officer, was arrested Thursday on a June 22 indictment charging him with two counts of felony embezzlement. He’s free on $5,000 bail. Someone who answered at Wilson’s home hung up.

The 48-year-old Wilson is accused of spending $8,300 from Crime Stoppers to charter a round-trip limousine from Mississippi to a July 2016 Las Vegas fraternity convention.

Wilson is also charged with double-billing $153 for expenses in 2016.

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey Pickering demands Wilson pay nearly $16,000 to cover misused funds, investigation costs and interest. Wilson faces up to 40 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

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