Miss. woman accused of using Crime Stoppers money for ‘personal rodeo expenses’

Miss. woman accused of using Crime Stoppers money for ‘personal rodeo expenses’
Michelle McBride (Source: State Auditor's Office)

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.

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