Justice Court Clerk Donna Marie Inman was arrested Wednesday of last week by special agents with the state auditor’s office on one count of embezzlement.
She was indicted by the Prentiss County grand jury. The crime carries a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
The indictment states the alleged embezzlement happened between Jan. 13, 2009 and Sept. 11, 2009.
The auditor’s office issued a demand letter for the repayment of a total of $6,335.92. The amount includes the funds allegedly taken along with interest and costs associated with the investigation.
Inman has served as Justice Court Clerk since Dec. 1, 2003.
Prentiss County Board of Supervisors Attorney Tommy Cadle said Inman was suspended without pay by the county board of supervisors on Wednesday following her arrest. She will remain suspended until the legal proceedings are concluded.
The board appointed longtime Deputy Justice Court Clerk Lou Jumper to serve as interim clerk. Cadle said operations at the clerk’s office are in good hands and are running normally.
Inman is scheduled to appear in Prentiss County Circuit Court on March 21 for arraignment.