Covington Co. woman indicted for embezzlement

Covington Co. woman indicted for embezzlement
Pattie Alicia Russell

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Covington County woman is facing a multi-count indictment involving the embezzlement of funds from the Willow Grove Water Association in Collins.

Pattie Alicia Russell, 49, was charged through Covington County by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations with embezzlement and given a $70,000 bond, in connection to the charges listed in the indictment.

Russell posted a property bond, and was released from custody. Russell is expected to have her grand jury hearing by week's end.

According to the indictment, Count One lists that Russell, who was an employee at the Willow Grove Water Association feloniously and fraudulently embezzled $55,856.87 from the water association.

Count Two lists, from Feb. 1, 2013, to Feb. 28, 2013, Russell did willfully and maliciously set fire to and burned personal property, i.e., receipt books, of Willow Grove Water Association.

The investigation has been ongoing for over a year, handled by the attorney general's office, and turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

Russell is the step daughter of former Covington County Sheriff Roger Wood Speed.