AG set for retrial in ex-tax collector's case

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Attorney General Jim Hood says there

will be a second trial against former Washington County tax

collector Patricia Lee.

The first trial ended Friday when a jury deadlocked on a verdict

against Lee, who was arrested in December and charged with

willfully making fraudulent statements and representations with the

intent to defraud the government.

An indictment alleged Lee and her clerks would place car tag

purchasers in a cheaper tax district, thereby providing a discount

on car tags and reducing the tax revenue paid to the state.

During the trial, Johnnie Walls, the defense attorney,

acknowledged the tax collector's office had issued the illegal tags

but denied that Lee was responsible.

Hood says the new trial date hasn't been set.


Information from: Delta Democrat Times,

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