Tupelo man charged with embezzlement



By JB Clark

Daily Journal

TUPELO – A Tupelo man was arraigned Wednesday on two charges of embezzlement under contract.

Richie C. Darby, 25, of Tupelo, was charged after Lee County Sheriff’s investigators allege he failed to complete contracted work he received payment for in advance.

His bond was set at $50,000.

Before Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland set the bond, Sheriff Jim Johnson reported Darby has previously been arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Tupelo Police Department on similar charges.

Johnson also said the Attorney General’s Office is looking into the case since the alleged embezzlement happened in tornado-damaged areas.

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