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Ex-JCJC worker sentenced for embezzlement

ELLISVILLE — After pleading guilty to embezzling more than $90,000 from Jones County Junior College (JCJC), Tracy Laird, 40, of Ellisville was sentenced to serve five years in prison and an additional five years post-release supervision.

The State Auditor’s Office investigated the case where Laird admitted to embezzling funds beginning in July 2007. The Auditor’s investigation started in Feb. 2009. Laird was employed at JCJC from May 1999 – Feb. 27, 2009.

“The college reported accounting violations to the State Auditor’s Office last spring after uncovering questionable activity by Tracy Laird,” according to a prepared statement by Jones County Junior College. “Laird was a bonded employee of the college who was terminated when college officials discovered the violations.”

Judge Landrum also ordered Laird to repay $110,429.46. Her payments must begin within 60 days of beginning her five-year post-release supervision. The amount ordered in restitution represents the embezzled amount, $90,537.57, and an additional $18,870 in interest, costs of services performed during the investigation by a contracted CPA firm and additional investigative costs.

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