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Linda Gale Reed's Hinds County past

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Records at the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office, dating back to 1974 and '75, show that Linda Gale Reed, under the name Linda Gale McDaniel, was charged with uttering of forgery. Records at the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office, dating back to 1974 and '75, show that Linda Gale Reed, under the name Linda Gale McDaniel, was charged with uttering of forgery.
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Linda Gale Reed is accused of stealing over $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, Moore Fabrication. That's what led investigators to change her status from "missing" to "wanted" during their 2012 search following her disappearance.

But further investigation reveals Reed has been before a judge for fraud before. Could Linda Gale Reed be a case of bookkeeping gone bad on more than one occasion?

Records at the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office, dating back to 1974 and '75, show that Linda Gale Reed, under the name Linda Gale McDaniel, was charged with uttering of forgery. A judge dismissed it in 1974 but it came back up the very next year.

Checks from South Central Heating and Plumbing Company are attached to the indictment from 1974. Each of those are made out to Linda G. McDaniel. If you look at them in chronological order, they go up in amounts ranging from $135 to $333. The indictment accused Linda McDaniel of knowingly writing and cashing the fraudulent checks.

In 1975, she pleaded guilty. McDaniel was sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary, with all time suspended, and she was only ordered to serve three years probation.

South Central Heating and Plumbing Company is still in business and the owner says he only remembers a Linda Sessums who worked in bookkeeping around that time. All court documents show she was a McDaniel by 1974.

Now, she's being held in the Copiah County jail on suspicion of embezzlement at one of her more recent employers.

Less than a month ago, Reed's attorney said they are awaiting a June 4 grand jury meeting. If they fail to hand down an indictment for Reed, her attorney will petition the court for her release.

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