Palmertree’s embezzlement trial set for March

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley Palmertree is scheduled for trial March 24 on three counts of embezzlement.

The Vicksburg Post reports that lawyers for Palmertree waived arraignment Monday.

Palmertree is charged with inappropriately taking funds from her office’s civil and criminal accounts into her circuit clerk fee account.

The circuit clerk collects fines and fees and restitution in criminal and civil cases.

Between Feb. 2-21 she allegedly transferred $5,000 from her office’s criminal account into the account from which she draws her salary, according to the indictment.

She is also accused of twice inappropriately transferring funds from the civil account into her personal account — once for $3,000 between Nov. 7 and Nov. 15 and once for $4,000 between Nov. 19 and Nov. 21.

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