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Former Greene County chancery clerk sentenced for embezzling

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

A former Chancery Clerk for Greene County pled guilty Monday to two counts of embezzlement which occurred during her time as Greene County Chancery Clerk in 2005-2007.

Latricia Cornelson, 48, was sentenced to ten years in prison, but that time was suspended, so she will not actually serve any jail time. As part of her plea, Cornelson must pay $8,000 in court costs and fines. She will be on probation for four years, and will never again be allowed to work for city, county or state government.

"I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Latricia Cornelson by the Circuit Court," said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. "This case should serve as a reminder to public employees that my office will investigate and assist in the prosecution of any individual who betrays the public trust.  I appreciate the efforts of District Attorney Tony Lawrence in the prosecution of this case."

"This has been a long term investigation that will not end with this plea today," DA Tony Lawrence said. "My office is committed to continue to investigate any allegations of public corruption. This is another step in ensuring that government works for the people and does not steal from the people."

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