Former Rankin Co. deputy collector gets 3 years house arrest in embezzlement case

RANKIN CO., Mississippi (WLBT) — A former Rankin County deputy tax collector will spend the next three years under house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzlement in Rankin County Circuit Court, according to the Auditor General. ‘Shad White State.

Tiffany Loftin was sentenced to 15 years in prison, including 12 years suspended and three years house arrest, according to the Rankin County Circuit Clerk’s Office. At the end of the house arrest, she will have to submit to five years of supervised probation.

The sentence was handed down earlier this month by Circuit Judge Brad Mills.

In November, Loftin was arrested by officers from the Auditor’s Office and charged with embezzling nearly $6,000 from residents who paid cash for their county’s garbage collection fees.

The case was referred to the auditor by Rankin County Tax Collector Caroline Gilbert.

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

Loftin is now a convicted felon and will no longer be able to handle public money, White said.

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Esther L. Steinbach