Former town clerk charged with embezzling public money

Published 9:18 pm Thursday, October 31, 2019

A former clerk for the Mississippi town of Raleigh has been arrested on an embezzlement charge.

Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Thursday, said 57-year-old Helen Bounds, of Mize, surrendered to authorities Wednesday following an indictment by a Smith County grand jury.

Bounds is accused of converting to her own use excessive multiple and single monetary payments totaling more than $23,000 while employed as town clerk. If convicted, Bounds faces up to 20 years in prison.

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Smith is being held at the county jail. It was not immediately known if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.