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Water association accuses Mississippi woman of taking $40K

A Mississippi woman has been charged with embezzling more than $40,000 from a small group that supplies water in a rural area.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Prentiss County sheriff’s deputies arrested 54-year-old Janet Lynn Patton of Booneville on April 17. She is charged with embezzlement, based on a sworn statement from the New Candler Water Association.

Patton is accused of taking $40,268 from the association in the Tuscumbia community, northeast of Booneville.

Prentiss County Justice Court Judge Richard Tollison set bond at $50,000. The case will be presented to the next Prentiss County grand jury.

The newspaper did not report whether she is represented by an attorney.

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