January 12, 2012 12:53:00 PM
JACKSON -- The deputy administrator of the Mississippi Homeland Security office is on administrative leave without pay following his arrest for alleged misuse of a state vehicle and Fuelman card.
Other than saying Byron Thompson is on leave, Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar tells The Clarion-Ledger that he could not release any further information.
Thompson was indicted on an embezzlement charge in Hinds County. The indictment states the offense occurred between Aug. 3, 2009, and May 19, 2010.
Thompson has been freed on bond. His arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 26.
The state auditor's office issued a demand letter in 2010. Auditor's Office spokeswoman Lisa Shoemaker says the original demand amount was negotiated down and Thompson repaid $2,624.
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