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Alcorn County Sheriff and two others arrested following grand jury indictments

Charles Rinehart, Alcorn County Sheriff.....Source: Alcorn County Sheriff's webstie Charles Rinehart, Alcorn County Sheriff.....Source: Alcorn County Sheriff's webstie

State Auditor Stacey Pickering has announced the arrest of Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart, along with Cars for Less owners Teddy Null and Pamela Denise Null following a 10 count indictments for each for fraud and conspiracy by an Alcorn County Grand Jury.

The Auditor's investigation uncovered the Sheriff's Department had purchased six cars from Cars for Less over the past three years. Fraudulent quotes representing other vendors were created by Teddy Null and Pamela Denise Null to ensure Cars for Less was the lowest quote. 

The quotes were submitted by Sheriff Rinehart to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors as competitive quotes for vehicle purchases as well as for trade in and sale transactions.

The State Auditor's investigation indicates that the six vehicles purchased from Cars for Less were salvaged vehicles at the time of purchase and were rebuilt with potentially stolen parts prior to being sold to the County. 

The Nulls did not disclose the condition of several vehicles purchased during the bid or sale process. MBI participated in the raid last week with the State Auditor's Office and is currently analyzing the six vehicles to determine if stolen parts were used on the vehicles sold to Alcorn County Sheriff's Office.

In addition to today's arrest, Sheriff Rinehart was issued an unrelated civil demand on June 18, 2015, in the amount of $181,161.93, for funds misappropriated by his department relating to The Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility Technology Fund, The Alcorn County Sheriff's Commissary Account, and The Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility.

Sheriff Reinhart was first elected in 2008. He is not seeking re-election this year.

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