COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The former chief financial officer of a Mississippi city has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement — the maximum sentence for that crime.
The Commercial Dispatch reports that Milton Rawle entered the guilty plea Monday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.
Rawle worked for the city of Columbus from 2013 to 2019.
Investigators say he moved $288,893 from city accounts to his personal accounts between December 2016 and December 2018.
Because embezzlement is a nonviolent offense, Rawle will be eligible for parole consideration after five years.
Circuit Judge Lee Coleman also ordered Rawle to pay more than $103,000 in restitution.