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Ex-circuit clerk re-indicted for embezzlement

BROOKHAVEN — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Terry Lynn Watkins has been re-indicted on 14 counts of embezzlement.

In January, a judge dismissed an eight-count indictment.

Pickering says the 57-year-old Watkins, of Brookhaven, was served with the indictment today. No court date has been set.

The indictment alleges Watkins embezzled funds between May 2004 and April 2006. The indictment alleges Watkins transferred funds from county accounts and used them for personal expenses in the circuit clerk’s office.

Pickering says his office issued a civil demand against Watkins in January in the amount of $98,083, which includes interest and investigative costs. Pickering says Watkins allegedly used $58,298 from circuit court accounts to cover her personal expenses.

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