Hattiesburg Police Captain Indicted...Still receiving vacation pay

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- One of Hattiesburg's top cops has been indicted on embezzlement charges.

Captain Jamie Hooker is charged with a single count of embezzlement by a public official. Hooker, who was head of the department's strike team, was placed on administrative leave without pay last October as a result of an internal investigation that caused four other officers to resign. At issue is missing evidence that allegedly had been seized by the strike team in various raids.

7 on your Side has learned that although Hooker is on leave without pay, he is still receiving a check from the city. Hattiesburg City Clerk Eddie Myers confirms Hooker is being paid for nearly 1400 hours, or 175 days of vacation time. Myers says city employees can carry over vacation time if it's not used. The state Attorney General's office is prosecuting the case, and Hooker is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Hattiesburg.

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