Former deputy clerk pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from water bills of small-town Mississippi residents
A former deputy municipal clerk has pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars from the water bills of small-town Mississippi residents.
On Wednesday, State Auditor Shad White announced that Juanyana Holloway pleaded guilty to embezzlement in Lamar County.
She is a former deputy municipal clerk in the Town of Sumrall. District Attorney Hal Kittrell’s office prosecuted the case in Judge Prentiss Harrell’s courtroom.
Special Agents from the Auditor’s office arrested Holloway in November 2021. Holloway embezzled cash as Sumrall residents paid their water bills. To conceal the scheme, Holloway did not include cash collections on daily bank deposit slips. From summer 2018 to summer 2020, Holloway embezzled over $13,000 from the Town of Sumrall.
“This is another instance of a person working in a small utilities office who was stealing from the people she was supposed to be serving,” said Auditor White. “I am thankful to the investigators and prosecutors for their hard work.”
Judge Harrell ordered Holloway to pay $25,000 to her surety bond company, a $1,000 fine, and all court costs. Juanyana Holloway is now convicted of a felony offense and can never handle taxpayer money again.
The State Auditor’s office has already recovered the entire amount of Holloway’s demand letter and returned it to the appropriate deserving entities.
Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online at any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.