From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – State Auditor Stacey Pickering said that Victoria Shanta Nealy, former Criminal Deputy Clerk in Lauderdale County Justice Court, has plead guilty in an open plea arrangement to embezzlement by a public official.

Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office investigated Nealy after receiving a tip that the defendant was “fixing” tickets and embezzling cash paid to the Justice Court by individuals paying their fines.

Nealy, 42, would receive cash payments from individuals intending to pay their uniform traffic citation; covert the funds to personal use; void the transaction in the computer system and ask the officer issuing the citation to dismiss the ticket.

“This is the second investigation in the past 12 months that involved a justice court clerk embezzling cash paid to the County for traffic citations,” Pickering said. “In both cases our agents were able to work with the Mississippi Highway Patrol to conduct undercover operations which resulted in solid cases. I appreciate the assistance of the Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie and Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. They do an excellent job working with our Agency and protecting the taxpayers of Lauderdale County.”

Nealy will be sentenced on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. in Lauderdale County.

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