Deputy county tax collector pleads guilty to embezzlement

JACKSON — State Auditor Shad White announced that Tiffany Loftin, a former Rankin County Assistant Tax Collector, recently pleaded guilty to embezzlement in Rankin County Circuit Court.

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney John K. “Bubba” Bramlett’s office in Judge Brad Mills’ courtroom. The guilty plea and sentencing were entered on March 7 and announced last week.

Loftin was arrested by special agents from the State Auditor’s Office in November 2021. She embezzled nearly $6,000 from Rankin County residents as they paid cash for the county’s garbage collection fee. The matter was referred to the Auditor’s Office by Rankin County Tax Collector Caroline Gilbert.

“The theft of taxpayers’ money is unacceptable, and we want it known that embezzlement in Mississippi has serious consequences,” Auditor White said. “I am grateful to the investigators and prosecutors for their hard work.”

Tiffany Loftin is now found guilty of a crime and will no longer be able to manage public money. Judge Mills’ sentencing order was filed with the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s office for public inspection.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s Office online at any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or by phone during regular business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.

Esther L. Steinbach