Mississippi ex-employee pleads guilty to taking water payment money

MONTICELLO, Miss. (AP) — A former employee of a small town in south Mississippi has been sentenced to one year of house arrest after she pleaded guilty to embezzlement.

The state auditor’s office said in a news release that Kimberly Nicole Davis was a deputy municipal clerk in Monticello before she was arrested in November 2020 for skimming money as people paid their water bills. Court records show Davis appeared Feb. 4 before Lawrence County Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell to plead and be sentenced.

The auditor said Davis was accused of taking about $19,000 from the town water department from January 2018 to February 2019.

Monticello has a population of about 1,350.

The auditor’s office said it issued a demand letter to Davis seeking nearly $42,000 for the money taken, interest and investigative costs, and it collected the money.

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