Former probation officer sentenced in embezzlement case

June 9, 2022 GMT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi Department of Corrections probation officer has started serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of embezzlement for taking more than $4,000 from people who were trying to pay court-ordered fines and fees

Dendrick Hurd, 28, pleaded guilty April 18. Court records show that on May 10, Forrest County Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced him to six years in prison and five years of post-release supervision.

State Auditor Shad White, whose office investigated the case, announced Hurd’s sentence Thursday.

State prison records show Hurd is in Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Agents from the auditor’s office arrested Hurd last year.

Hurd told probationers to buy money orders and leave them blank, and he then used the money orders for his own benefit, White said. Victims contacted the auditor’s office to report money was not credited to their accounts between February 2020 and June 2021.

“In this case, the defendant did not think anyone was watching, and he was wrong,” White said Thursday.