Jackson Co. woman guilty of embezzlement now dead

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - WLOX News has learned that the woman who pleaded guilty this week to one of the largest embezzlement scams in state history is now dead.

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office confirmed that Ginger Lashey died in the Rankin County Correctional Facility. The cause of death is unknown.

Just two days ago, Lashley was in court, pleading guilty to eight counts of embezzlement. The former Jackson County clerk was accused of stealing more than $800,000 from taxpayers between 2001 and 2009 while employed by the county.

Lashley told the court she was depositing the money into a Jackson County Food Drive account she set up.

Judge Dale Harkey sentenced her to 10 years in prison, and ordered to repay $1.3 million.

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