Former Warren Co. Circuit Clerk Going to Prison for Embezzlement

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from MS Attorney General

Jackson, MS- A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey.  

Judge Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five suspended per count, to run concurrently. Palmertree was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution and must report to the MDOC for incarceration on October 15, 2014.

At the times the crimes were committed, Palmertree took $12,000 from the Warren County Circuit Clerk Criminal Account and put $7,000 into her own personal account and $5,000 into her Circuit Clerk Fee Account. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Audit.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy.