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Columbus Woman Charged With Embezzlement

ATTORNEY GENERAL PRESS RELEASE

Jackson, MS—An Oktibbeha County bank employee has been arrested for embezzling from her employer, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Ashley Smith, 28, of Columbus was arrested today by investigators with the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division following indictment by an Oktibbeha County Grand Jury on one count of embezzlement. The indictment charges Smith with embezzling over $30,000 while working for Cadence Bank in Starkville. Smith was booked into the Oktibbeha County jail and released on bond. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Perry Tate of the AG’s Public Integrity Division and will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander.