A former Itta Bena city clerk continues to slowly whittle away at the amount she embezzled.

LaCheronda Spivey

Spivey

Meanwhile a former Greenwood police officer has not paid a penny toward what she allegedly stole.

Those are the only “exceptions” from Leflore County included in an annual report released Thursday by Mississippi State Auditor Shad White.

The report said Lacheronda Spivey, who worked for Itta Bena from 1999 to 2015, paid $2,750 in restitution over the past year for money she illegally pocketed.

She still owes $88,862, the auditor says.

Spivey was convicted in 2016 on embezzlement charges. She was accused of stealing almost $100,000 from the town’s electricity and other utilities accounts over four years.

She received a 10-year sentence, with most of the time to be served on probation.

The state auditor’s initial demand against her totaled almost $150,000, but the trial judge in the case removed the portion that included investigative costs and interest. Spivey was ordered to pay $97,319 in restitution altogether — $47,319 to the town and $50,000 to the company that bonded her.

She is required to make monthly payments of $250. The total showed by the auditor’s report for the past year would suggest Spivey missed one of her 12 payments.

Erica Scott

Scott

Erica Scott, a former shift sergeant with the Greenwood Police Department, is still awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement and making fraudulent statements, according to Logan Reeves, a spokesman for the state auditor’s office.

In June 2018, following her indictment, Scott was served by the state auditor with a demand for almost $23,000. Nothing has been paid on the account. Scott is accused of receiving more than $10,000 in 2016 for hours that she claimed on her time sheets but that she did not work.  The rest of the demand includes investigative costs.

For the 12 months ending June 30, White said, his office was able to return overall more than $5.6 million of misspent public funds, some of it accounting errors, the rest illegal. The amount more than tripled what was recovered in the previous year, he said.

“In addition to the amount of money we’ve recovered for taxpayers, the subjects of our investigations have been sentenced to hundreds of years of prison time since I came into office. That tough action will prevent future theft of public funds,” White said in a prepared statement.

The Republican was first appointed to the watchdog position in 2018 and was elected without opposition to a full four-year term in 2019.

• Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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