Jackson County

Former court clerk Diehl surrenders to police

Former Pascagoula court clerk Rhonda Diehl surrendered to authorities after being indicted on three counts of embezzlement, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said this morning.

A city employee for 25 years, Diehl is accused of stealing a total of $17,175 over a three-year period while serving as the city's court clerk. She resigned in January, Pascagoula Police Chief Kenny Johnson said, at the conclusion of their investigation.

The city began an internal investigation after noticing irregularities in the city court funds. They called on Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence and State Auditor Stacey Pickering to assist in the investigation, which ultimately led to authorities identifying Diehl as a suspect.

The city, Johnson said, has since put in place additional precautionary measures to "quickly" detect any type of embezzlement involving city funds.

As for Diehl's arrest, Johnson said, "it's a shame."

The Sun Herald updates this story in Thursday's edition.