Former police captain admits embezzlement

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A former Hattiesburg police captain has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and could get up to 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Jamie Hooker, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday and is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 20, The Hattiesburg American (hatne.ws/OT80eT) reported. His plea was “open” — that is, without a sentence agreement.

Judge Bob Helfrich ordered a pre-sentencing investigation by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Hooker was arrested Oct. 21, 2010 on a charge accusing him of taking a television seized during a search.

Four other officers resigned earlier, during an internal police investigation that started because $3,500 was missing from cash taken as evidence.

The investigation was handed over on Oct. 18, 2010, to the Forrest-Perry County district attorney’s office, which turned it over four days later to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

HPD Police Chief Frazier Bolton said Friday that he did not know the status of the MBI investigation or that Hooker had entered a plea, but said he was pleased that a resolution had been reached in Hooker’s case.

“I’m just glad to move on and get that behind us,” Frazier said.