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259 Felony counts issued in Alcorn County, mostly to county officials

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Dal Nelms. Source: State Auditor Dal Nelms. Source: State Auditor
Paul Rhodes. Source: State Auditor Paul Rhodes. Source: State Auditor
Joseph McNair. Source: State Auditor Joseph McNair. Source: State Auditor
Danny Peters. Source: State Auditor Danny Peters. Source: State Auditor

A year-long investigation by special agents from the Office of the State Auditor has resulted in the filing of 259 criminal charges and the arrest of a member of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, the county purchase clerk, and three county vendors.

Five people, including an Alcorn County supervisor and the purchasing clerk, have been indicted in connection with an investigation into the embezzlement of county taxpayer money.

47-year-old District Two Supervisor Jimmy Nelms of Glen faces 156 counts, including embezzlement and forgery.

Pickering says Nelms is accused of creating a scheme to collect payments from county vendors in exchange for getting county business.

He is also accused of billing the county for work that was never performed and rental equipment that was never actually rented.

Nelms is also accused of using fraudulent bidders to drive up the price of equipment bought by the county and using the county charge accounts to buy items for his home.

Pickering has issued a demand for Nelms to repay over $300,000 to the county, and he faces 600 years in prison if convicted.

Purchasing Clerk William Paul Rhodes, 55, of Corinth faces a 13 count indictment in connection with the investigation and has been asked to repay over $77,000 to the county. 

He faces 60 years in prison if convicted.

43-year-old Jimmy Ray Mitchell of Corinth, 39-year-old Joseph Lin McNair, Jr. of Glen and 61-year-old Danny Roy Peters of Corinth also face multiple indictments in connection with the investigation.

The three are county vendors and face 150 years in prison if convicted.

(Story/Information source: WTVA.com)

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