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Quitman County Tax Assessor Accused of Embezzlement/ Fraud

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JACKSON, Miss.  – Quitman County Tax Assessor Kimberly Bell has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud.

State Auditor Stacie Pickering announced Tuesday that Bell, 38, had been processed and booked at the Quitman County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

“Ms. Bell is an elected official who abused her position for her own personal gain,” said Pickering.  According to the indictment, she spent approximately $52,099.76 using a Quitman County travel credit card on expenses that were not approved by the Board of Supervisors, including cash advances totaling $8,179.00.  She also used the Tax Assessor’s bank account to write unallowable checks, totaling $4,840.70.

Bell was elected Tax Assessor in November 2011 and took office in January 2012. Prior to her election, she worked in the Chancery Clerk’s office.


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