Dirty politics: Soil district secretary pleads guilty to theft

HENDERSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A former secretary of a West Tennessee publicly funded agency has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds.

According to The Jackson Sun, Stacy Clark entered her plea on Tuesday to charges that she wrote at least 100 checks from the Chester County Soil Conservation District to "cash" and stole a total of more than $47,000. Clark must pay back the money, was given five years of probation and must pay a fine and court costs.

The funds were discovered missing during an audit by the state comptroller's office.

As the only administrative employee of the district, Clark had unrestricted access to its money and financial records.

State Comptroller Justin Wilson said the agency didn't have adequate safeguards to detect fraud.

Members of the board could not be reached for comment.

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