CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Former Alcorn tax collector clerk indicted

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH - A former Alcorn County Tax Collector deputy clerk has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $12,000 from the tax collector's office.

Sheila Marie McDaniel, 25, Route 9, Box 140, Corinth, turned herself in to the sheriff's office Thursday. She was indicted by the Alcorn County Grand Jury on two counts of embezzling and is expected to be arraigned in Alcorn County Circuit Court on Sept. 24.

McDaniel was released Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond.

The former deputy clerk, who was terminated March 5, has repaid the amount of funds allegedly embezzled, plus interest, said Alcorn County Tax Collector Greg Younger.

Younger and his bookkeeper discovered some irregularities in the real property tax collections records on March 3, Younger said. After combing numerous record books, Younger reported the problem to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors and the District Attorney's office the next morning.

He also contacted the Investigative Division of the State Auditor's Office and the Mississippi Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Bureau.

An initial investigation revealed about $8,000 was missing, Younger said. An investigator with the Audit Department, however, uncovered another $3,887 for a total of $12,499.19, Younger said.

This amount, along with interest totaling $1,168.36, plus the cost of the audit, for a total amount of $13,667.55, has been repaid by McDaniel, Younger said.

The repayment has been entered into the computer along with other August collections, Younger said. The taxpayers of Alcorn County have not lost any money, he said.

"The main thing that I hope the people of Alcorn County will remember is that we caught it early on, we followed proper procedure, we recovered the money with interest and we have taken the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again," Younger said.

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