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Former George Co. Justice Court clerk accused of embezzling funds

Shawn Strahan (Photo source: Office of State Auditor) Shawn Strahan (Photo source: Office of State Auditor)

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The former justice court clerk in George County has been indicted on embezzlement charges.  Shawn Strahan is accused of taking cash from the clerk's office between October 2008 and April 2009.   

"Our special agents went in to investigate in April 2009 following a call from our auditors reporting what appeared to be a cash shortage in the justice court of George County," said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

"Our investigation determined that $15,848.42 was missing, and the funds were taken from October 2008 until April 2009 when the investigation began"  Pickering said.

Shawn Strahan, 39, was employed with the county from 1993 – April 21, 2009. In addition to the principle of $15,848.42, the State Auditor's assessed $4,422.40 in investigative costs and an additional $631.74 in interest.

Restitution in the amount of $9,083 has been repaid along with $6,807.48 of funds that were returned to George County by Strahan. The remaining balance owed is $5,012.08.

Strahan surrendered to George County authorities on April 28, 2010 and was released on bond. The State Auditor's Office issued a demand letter that same day for the remaining balance of $5,012.08.

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