Tupelo resident going to prison for embezzlement

Tupelo resident going to prison for embezzlement

TUPELO, MS - This is a news release from the attorney general's office

A Tupelo resident has been sentenced for embezzling from a relative, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Louis Aldridge, age 67, of Tupelo was sentenced today by Judge James L. Roberts in Lee County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Judge Roberts sentenced Aldridge, on count one, to ten years in prison with four years suspended, six to serve, followed by five years of post-release supervision. The Court suspended a $25,000 fine and ordered that Aldridge pay $552,000 in restitution and also $100 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Program. On counts two and three, Aldridge was sentenced to ten years suspended with those counts to run consecutively.

"We appreciate the very just sentence handed down by the learned Judge Roberts," said Attorney General Hood. "Full restitution with time to serve will insure this defendant pays due penance for this crime."

The Attorney General's investigation showed that Aldridge took money from the personal banking account of a relative without consent.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander and Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy and investigated by Ronnie Odom and Danny Welch of the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division.