Shelly Palmertree (Source: MS Office of the State Auditor)
State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced Wednesday that Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree has been indicted on two felony counts of embezzlement by a Warren County Grand Jury.
Palmertree surrendered to the Warren County Sheriff's Office and Auditor's Office Special Agents Wednesday morning where she was arrested and booked. Palmertree posted a $5,000.00 bond and was released.
State Auditor Stacy Pickering says she was arrested, "On two counts of her converting funds from one account in one case to her own personal account. The other, the allegation is she converted to an appropriate account for her own benefit."
On March 5th, the Auditor's Office served a civil demand to Palmertree in the amount of $661,751.75. The amount of $402,033.00 was attributed to Palmertree exceeding the fee cap, and $163,700.00 was attributed to her making payments to relatives within the first degree of kinship.
"I appreciate the diligence of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the Board Attorney in working closely with my office to insure the taxpayers of Warren County are protected," said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.
Prosecution of this case is being handled by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.
Pickering says, "The grand jury there has cited there is enough probable cause to issue a 2 count indictment. She was booked on that this morning she'll have her day in court, and we'll have our day to back up our allegations and I'm confident at the end of the day, we will be proven to be right in this case and she will be held accountable and that money will be returned to the taxpayers of warren county."
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