Ex-town clerk accused of stealing money sent in to pay water bills

Ex-town clerk accused of stealing money sent in to pay water bills
Davis arrested by state auditor's office. (Source: WLBT)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A former deputy town clerk in Monticello faces up to 30 years in prison and must repay some $42,000 in public funds, according to the Mississippi State Auditor’s office.

On Thursday, Auditor Shad White announced that officers from his office had arrested Kimberly Davis, a former deputy municipal clerk for the town of Monticello.

Davis was arrested after a Lawrence County grand jury indicted her for embezzlement and alteration of records after investigators from White’s office showed she had executed a “cash-skimming scheme,” according to the release.

“I’m thankful for the work of our investigators as they continue to hold people accountable for crimes like this,” White said in a statement. “The people of Monticello work hard to make money and pay their bills, and they deserve to know their money isn’t being stolen.”

Davis is accused of embezzling by taking cash meant to pay for water bills. From January 2018 to February 2019, she is alleged to have taken $19,000.

She was arrested by Special Agents at her Monticello residence and transported to jail by Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Her bond was set at $5,000 by the court.

If convicted on both counts, Davis faces up to 30 years in prison and $5,000 in fines. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney Hal Kittrell, the auditor’s release states.

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