TUPELO – Michael and Marie Salts of Booneville posted $15,000 bonds each earlier this week and are out of jail awaiting their appeal before the Mississippi Supreme Court on embezzlement convictions.
Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner granted them bail Wednesday at a hearing in the Lee County Justice Center. The Saltses are represented by Tupelo attorney Jim Waide.
April 2, the state Court of Appeals reversed itself and upheld sentences handed down on embezzlement convictions of the former owners of Salts Funeral Home in Booneville.
Last year, the Appeals Court said the Saltses were sentenced erroneously on three of four counts. However, the Appeals Court’s new ruling stated the sentences were not improper.
In 2005, a Lee County jury convicted the Saltses each on three counts of felony embezzlement and one count of misdemeanor embezzlement. They were accused of pocketing money that was turned over to them to be paid to a burial insurance company.
According to court records, the last time the burial insurance company received premiums from the Saltses was 1994. However, prosecutors said the couple continued to accept premiums from policyholders until 2002.