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Former supervisor gets suspended sentence for embezzlement

CORINTH — A former Alcorn County supervisor has been given a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

The Daily Corinthian reports Danny H. Crotts entered the plea in circuit court to a criminal information. A criminal information is a formal charge made without a grand jury indictment.

Circuit Judge Jim Pounds sentenced Crotts to 20 years and suspended the sentence. Pounds ordered Crotts to serve five years of probation and to pay restitution of $3,200 to Alcorn County.

Crotts lost his bid for re-election to a fifth term in 2007 and became the target of a civil demand for $159,098 by the state auditor’s office for alleged misappropriation of funds, work on private property and missing equipment.

After that investigation became public, he decided to run for the office last year but later pulled out.

Two bonding companies repaid funds to the county.

The state auditor’s office alleged public funds were misused by Crotts from 2002 to 2007.

State Auditor Stacy Pickering said Crotts used a personally owned barn named Crossroad Blues with a bar and dance floor while billing the county over $15,000 for a county shop. Pickering said utilities were paid by the county along with numerous purchases.

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