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Former Leake County Chamber chief headed to prison

Renodda Dorman, former Leake County Chamber of Commerce executive director, received a 10-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $60,000.

The sentence specifies Dorman must serve five years behind bars and five years of probation. The court also ordered Dorman to make $60,916.11 in restitution to Leake County.

The joint investigation by District Attorney Mark Duncan, Leake County Sheriff’s Office, Carthage Police Department and the State Auditor’s Office determined the embezzlement took place between 2008 and 2010. Authorities arrested Dorman in July 2011 after a seven-month investigation. She had been employed as the executive director of the Chamber since 2001.

“Renodda Dorman pled guilty to embezzlement following an investigation that showed she wrote unauthorized checks to herself for additional salary she was not authorized to receive,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. “In addition to checks written to herself, Dorman also wrote checks to cover personal bills such as cable television and cell phone payments.

Pickering said the case originated with the Leake County Sheriff’s office and his office received a request from District Attorney Mark Duncan and Sheriff Greg Waggoner to assist with the investigation.

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