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Two people have been convicted of embezzlement from a Mississippi fire department

By: Sarah Ulmer - February 16, 2022

Felony convictions of two who embezzled from a fire department.

According to the State Auditor’s office, two individuals have been indicted after charges of embezzlement against the Red Banks Volunteer Fire Department (RBVFD)

State Auditor Shad White announced Mark Hanna and Linda Mannon have been convicted of embezzlement in Marshall County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Ben Creekmore’s office in Judge Kent Smith’s court chambers. The guilty plea and sentencing were recorded last week.

“Unfortunately this is one of several cases my team has cracked involving funds that should have been spent on fire department services,” said Auditor White. “Putting a stop to this kind of theft is important because those dollars should be spent on more fire protection for the firefighters and citizens. Thank you to our great investigators who worked this case.”

Hanna and Mannon were arrested in 2021 after being indicted for embezzling over $35,000 from RBVFD. Hanna is the former Chief for the department and Mannon worked as a secretary.

Both equipment and money were embezzled by the two from the fire department.

They have now been convicted of a felony offense and will not be allowed to handle public money again. A sentencing order has been filed with the Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s office.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state.