State Auditor Stacey Pickering told us Johnson embezzeled the money by skimming from water collections, court collections, property tax collections, payments for the marina lease, payments for dispatch services and by using the City of Sardis’ credit card for personal use.
She was caught, indicted and arrested in February 2010.
“I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Odessa Johnson by the Circuit Court,” said 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.”
Pickering's office is investigating hundreds of cases of fraud involving your taxpayer dollars. More arrests will be announced.