By Errol Castens
OXFORD – A former Oxford deputy city clerk has been indicted by a Lafayette County grand jury on a charge of embezzlement.
Alisa Liggins resigned her position in June 2013 after an investigation indicated irregularities in the handling of justice court receipts in 2012.
Liggins, 46, of Oxford, was arrested Monday and was released on $5,000 bond. The charge carries a potential penalty of up to $25,000 in fines or 10 years in prison. She is accused of embezzling $12,703.50 over the course of several months from the city of Oxford, according to State Auditor Stacy Pickering.
Liggins attempted to conceal the embezzlement scheme, Pickering said, by delaying general ledger entries and bank deposits and using future receipts to balance general ledger entries.
Mayor Pat Patterson said, “It is the policy of the city of Oxford not to comment on criminal investigations or matters of personnel. Any further information will have to come from our legal staff.”
Liggins had worked as a deputy clerk for the Oxford City Clerk’s Office since 2005.