County prosecuting attorney arrested for diverting pretrial money
by MBJ Staff
Published: February 6,2014
PEARL RIVER COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports Aaron Russell, the prosecuting attorney for Pearl River County, has been indicted on one count of altering public records and one count of committing fraud by a public official.
Russell, 50, is accused of setting up and executing an unauthorized pretrial diversion program in which he accepted money from defendants in return for their charges being dropped.
“Mr. Russell circumvented the justice system when he created and implemented an unauthorized diversion program,” Pickering said. “Mr. Russell is an elected official who abused his position and he will be held accountable for his actions.”
Russell is serving his second term as prosecuting attorney in Pearl River County.
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