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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) – A fifth person has been arrested in connection with an ongoing embezzlement case concerning the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department.
On Friday, 38-year-old Schronda Eddins of Columbus turned herself in to Starkville police on a felony warrant. The warrant was issued for embezzlement.
On Thursday, 51-year-old Herman Peters, 33-year-old Anthony Stevenson and 46-year-old Marion Watson turned themselves in to Starkville police.
Peters was charged with conspiracy to commit embezzlement. Stevenson was charged with embezzlement. Watson was charged with embezzlement.
Peters was recently fired from his position as the Parks and Recreation Department director. He was fired on January 2.
On December 29, 2017, Dianne Evans turned herself into Starkville police on the charge of embezzlement. She worked with the department as an administrative assistant. She is accused of embezzling $2,000.
According to affidavits acquired by the Starkville Daily News, Peters conspired with Stevenson, Eddins, Evans and Watson to commit the crime of embezzlement of $21,702.50 during the period of January 2015 to November 2017.
Peters is accused of allowing and directing Stevenson, Eddins and Watson to be paid for more hours than they worked.
The affidavit states Watson embezzled $2,420 from June 2017 to November 2017 by signing for more hours than she worked. She worked with the department as a contractor.
The affidavit states Stevenson embezzled $4,082.50 from January 2016 to September 2017 by signing for more hours than he worked. He worked with the department as a contractor.
It’s unclear how much Eddins is accused of embezzling.