PEARL RIVER CO., Miss. (WLBT) - State Auditor Shad White announced the arrest of a former board member and officer of the Pearl River County Crime Stoppers for embezzlement.
White says Michelle McBride used her position as secretary/treasurer to embezzle over $52,000 from Pearl River County Crime Stoppers.
Investigators say she used the PRCCS debit card for personal rodeo expenses and transferred the money to a fraudulent non-profit account.
McBride surrendered to agents at Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office. She was booked into jail and given a $20,000 bond.
McBride faces up to 25 years in prison and $15,000 in fines if she is convicted.
“It is disheartening to see money intended to make our communities safer instead go to someone for their personal benefit, but I am grateful for the work of our investigators and the help of the district attorney’s office in putting a stop to it. We will no longer tolerate this kind of theft in Mississippi,” White said.