President of Jones Co. supervisors repays state auditor demand; still faces criminal charges

President of Jones Co. supervisors repays state auditor demand; still faces criminal charges
Jerome Wyatt was indicted by a grand jury for two counts of embezzlement and two counts of fraud. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Board of Supervisors President Jerome Wyatt was indicted in October 2018 after a fraud and embezzlement investigation conducted by the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office.

State Auditor Shad White ordered Wyatt to pay back more than $6,000 to cover the money Wyatt allegedly embezzled, plus interest and investigative costs.

White said Wyatt has paid back the full amount demanded of him, but the supervisor still faces criminal charges and jail time.

Wyatt, who represents Beat 5 in Jones County, is accused of embezzling from a youth mentoring program he founded to serve young men at Laurel Middle School, approving improper overtime payments for a county employee and selling a county vehicle and keeping the money from the sale.

A grand jury indicted Wyatt for two counts of fraud and two counts of embezzlement. If convicted, Wyatt faces up to 45 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Wyatt is out of jail on a $4,000 bond as he awaits his court date, which is scheduled for May 29.

Wyatt continues to serve as the President of the Jones County Board of Supervisors.

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