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Former Warren County bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

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Paula Hunt

From the Mississippi State Auditor’s office:

Today, State Auditor Shad White announced that Paula Hunt, former bookkeeper at the Warren County Tax Collector’s office, pled guilty to embezzlement in Warren County Circuit Court.

Judge James Chaney sentenced Hunt to spend at least eight years in prison. The judge also ordered her to repay the money she embezzled from Warren County in monthly payments after she is released. Special Agents from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor and the office of District Attorney Richard Smith worked together to investigate and prosecute the case.

Hunt was arrested in May 2019 for embezzling over $140,000 from the Warren County Tax Collector’s office. She collected cash payments from individuals paying bills and concealed the crime by transferring money between multiple office bank accounts. Her scheme was discovered when one of the accounts she manipulated was overdrawn.

“It’s good to see justice done and a substantial prison sentence handed down in this case,” White said. “Ms. Hunt’s case sends the message that stealing from the taxpayers is not a victimless crime, and perpetrators will be held accountable.”

In addition to the money Hunt was ordered to repay at the time of sentencing, the Auditor’s office has already recovered $50,000 and will continue to collect and return the remaining amount after she is released from prison.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Chase suspect’s bond set at $50,000 for felony elude

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Bonjara O'Quinn (photo by David Day)

Bonjara O’Quinn, who led Vicksburg police on a chase that ended in Claiborne County Saturday, was arraigned in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday.

The chase, which began in Vicksburg with a domestic disturbance, ended when O’Quinn crashed his rental car attempting to make a turn. The car then burst into flames. Police were able to get O’Quinn out of the car safely, although he suffered some minor injuries when the air bags deployed.

O’Quinn, 28, of Maywood, Illinois, near Chicago, appeared before Judge Angela Carpenter charged with one count of felony elude. Carpenter set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury. He was also charged with a number of misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident including domestic violence.

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