Former Rankin County deputy tax collector arrested for embezzlement

An old Rankin County Deputy Collector faces embezzlement charge after state officials say she stole thousands of garbage collection fees.

In a statement released Thursday, Auditor Shad White said special agents arrested Tiffany Loftin earlier in the afternoon. A formal notice of $ 11,519.73 was presented to him upon his arrest.

“My position is that there will be zero tolerance for the theft of taxpayer funds,” White said.

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Logan Reeves, spokesperson for White, said Rankin County Tax Collector Caroline Gilbert initially found discrepancies in account statements and notified the Auditor’s Office and Rankin County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.

“It’s hard to imagine anything more disappointing than finding out that someone you work with every day is robbing taxpayers. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened here,” Gilbert said. “Rest assured, if a member of our team decides to violate the public trust, they won’t get away with it for long.”

Officials allege that Loftin pocketed money from residents who came to the tax collector’s office to pay their trash can fees in cash. She then allegedly manipulated the county’s accounting software to hide the theft.

During the investigation, security footage taken at the tax collector’s office allegedly showed Loftin stuffing recently collected fees into his pants.

Loftin was indicted by a Rankin County grand jury and will appear for arraignment on Wednesday. If found guilty, she faces up to 20 years in prison or a fine of $ 5,000.

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