March 27, 2009
JACKSON -- Alvina Deloach, 57, is under house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $60,000 from the town of Brooksville.
An investigation by the State Auditor''s Office found Deloach embezzled $60, 873 from the Noxubee County town. Deloach pleaded guilty to embezzlement and was sentenced in Lowndes County Circuit Court March 13 and was sentenced to two years of house arrest; a 10-year sentence to the Mississippi Department of Corrections was suspended.
As long as Deloach does not violate the terms of her suspended sentence, she won''t see jail time and will remain on probation for three years. She also was ordered to pay restitution of $60,873.87, a $200 fine and court costs.
Deloach served as the deputy town clerk in Brooksville from September 1998 to June 2001 and as town clerk from June 2001 to June 2005. She was terminated from the position in June 2005 by the Brooksville Board of Alderman.
"Embezzlement by public employees continues to be an issue in Mississippi, and our audit and investigative divisions along with citizens across the state continue to bring these cases to our attention," said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. These efforts have led to over $2.3 million in recovered funds since I took office in January 2008. I am pleased the court has seen fit to give Alvina Deloach house arrest and order the repayment of the funds embezzled."
Elected as Mississippi''s auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering has recovered more than $2.3 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds.