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2 charged with embezzlement from volunteer fire department

October 15, 2021 GMT

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi auditor says two people are accused of taking money from a volunteer fire department.

Mark Hanna is a former chief of Red Banks Volunteer Fire Department in north Mississippi’s Marshall County. Linda Mannon is a former secretary there.

Auditor Shad White said in a news release Thursday that both have been indicted on embezzlement charges, and his office is demanding repayment of money they are accused of taking, plus interest and investigative costs.

White said Hanna is accused of using fire department money to buy farm and lawn equipment for his personal use. He is also accused of using public money to make a payment on his house. The auditor’s office gave Hanna a demand letter for $3,459 when he was arrested Thursday.

Mannon allegedly issued herself more than 100 checks from the fire department, worth more than $30,000, while she was secretary, White said. The auditor’s office gave her a demand letter for $47,229.

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An employee at the Marshall County jail said Friday that Hanna and Mannon were released Thursday on $3,000 bond each. The jail docket did not list an attorney for either.

The auditor’s office began investigating these cases when Marshall County officials noticed accounting discrepancies at the fire department and filed a complaint. The alleged embezzlement lasted from October 2015 to February 2019, White said.