August 4, 2020

Former town clerk charged with embezzling public money

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.

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