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Former MCCSA employee pleads guilty to false pretense

By By Marianne Todd/The Meridian Star
April 6, 2001
A Meridian man will serve two more days in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to stealing more than $15,500 from his employer, the Multi-County Community Service Agency.
The two-day sentence adds to the 259 days Roy Samuel Taylor has already served in custody at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility. The sentence, handed down by Circuit Judge Larry Roberts, carries a six-year jail term with five years and 363 days suspended.
Officials with the Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office, which made the plea arrangement, also agreed to dismiss counts three through 18 of Taylor's original indictment.
Taylor, 44, of 2900 St. Paul St., was arrested in July after police charged him with 18 counts of false pretense, alleging Taylor charged various merchandise to an MCCSA account for more than a month. The MCCSA assists people in East Central Mississippi with everything from paying utility bills to sheltering the homeless.
Lauderdale County Circuit Court records indicate Taylor bought items ranging from televisions to stereos, DVDs, home entertainment centers and air conditioners from Wal-Mart and charged the items to the charity organization.
Taylor would sell the items to a fence and then use the money to buy drugs.
Taylor admitted he was using cocaine at the time of the crime.
Taylor was also ordered to pay restitution to MCCSA. Once released from custody, Taylor will be remanded to post-release supervision for the next six years.
Marianne Todd is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at mtodd@themeridianstar.com.

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