Ex-Fire Department Treasurer Sentenced to Probation for Embezzlement

Barbara E. Fair

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

A former treasurer of the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department in Alcorn County pleaded guilty to embezzlement Monday morning in circuit court.

Barbara Ellen Fair, 39, of Guntown, was sentenced to a term of 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, but the sentence was suspended.

Therefore, Fair will avoid going to prison if she shows good behavior. She will be on supervised probation for five years and pay restitution of $21,569 to the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department.

The indictment charged that Fair improperly handled a value of more than $25,000, “which had been entrusted to her care or possession by virtue of her position of trust as the treasurer of the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department . . .”

The crime occurred between March 25, 2014 and Dec. 7, 2015, the indictment states.

The sentence was handed down by Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Gardner III.

Fair could not be reached for comment.

One Response so far.

  1. Lew Talbert says:

    Those who work for a volunteer organization and then steal from it are the lowest scum on the face of the earth. I’ve seen stories where adults working with the Girl Scouts stole the troop’s money. what is wrong with people these days??

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