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Former Town Clerk Arrested, Charged with Embezzlement

Jackson, Miss – Former Gunnison Town Clerk Marquita Payne was arrested today on charges of embezzlement. 

The State Auditor’s office says Payne embezzled funds from the town of Gunnison from January 2012 through December 2013 by not making deposits on the money she collected for the town.

“Our office is responding to public corruption all across our state,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  “In the fight to create more transparency and accountability here in Mississippi, we will leave no stone unturned.”

Payne served as the Clerk for Gunnison from February 2012 to February 2014. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy Town Clerk for Gunnison from February 2011 to February 2012.

Payne also has to pay back over $70,000 in retribution.

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