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Former court deputy clerk sentenced for embezzlement

INDIANOLA — Former Indianola Municipal Court deputy clerk Tina Parker has been sentenced after previously pleading guilty to embezzlement, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

As part of the plea agreement, approved by Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray, Parker was ordered to repay $35,000 in restitution, $982.50 in court costs, $300 in attorney fees and a $20 bond fee over the next seven years at a rate of $200 per month and $2,500 per year from her income tax return. In addition, Parker received a seven year non-adjudicated sentence, which includes five years supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation.

In the course of the investigation the Auditor’s office found that there was $51,244.33 missing for which Parker was responsible. Following notification of the court order, Parker was served with a civil demand for $66,118.18, which included the full amount that was embezzled, $51,244.33, interest, $3,534.05, and investigative costs, $11,339.80.

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