Auditor arrests former Rankin County deputy collector for embezzlement

JACKSON, Mississippi (WTOK) – Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said Thursday that officers in his office arrested Tiffany Loftin, a former Rankin County deputy tax collector, who has been charged with embezzlement. of funds. Loftin received a formal notice of $11,519.73, including interest and investigation costs.

Loftin is accused of stealing money from Rankin County residents as they paid cash for the county’s garbage collection fee. The auditor said she manipulated accounting software to try to hide what she was doing.

Security cameras captured Loftin stuffing recently collected cash down his pants. The theft was reported to law enforcement by Rankin County Tax Collector Caroline Gilbert.

Loftin surrendered on Thursday. Bail will be set by the court. If convicted, Loftin faces up to 20 years in prison or a $5,000 fine. The case will be prosecuted by District Attorney John Bramlett’s office.

Tiffany Loftin, former assistant clerk of the Rankin County Tax Collector’s Office, has been charged with embezzlement.(Mississippi State Auditor’s Office)

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Office of the Online Auditor at any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or by calling 1-800-321-1275 during regular business hours.

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Esther L. Steinbach