Former Greenwood Police Officer Arrested for Falsifying Time Sheets
A former police officer with the Greenwood Police Department turned herself in Monday on a two-count indictment charging her with defrauding the city by submitting false time sheets, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Erica Scott, 44, was indicted on one count of embezzlement and one count of fraudulent statements, which are both felonies. The indictment states Scott submitted more than 600 hours on her time sheets in 2016 that she did not work, resulting in a fraudulent gain of more than $10,000. Her arraignment is set for June 28 at 8:30 a.m. in Leflore County Circuit Court.
If convicted, Scott faces up to 25 years in jail—20 years on the embezzlement charge and five years on the fraudulent statements charge. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the State Auditor’s Office as well as Attorney General Investigator Kenneth West of the AG’s Public Integrity Division. It will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander.