Crime

Former Jackson County sheriff’s spokesperson jailed on embezzlement charge

Cherie Ward
Cherie Ward

A former public information spokesperson at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has been indicted on a felony charge of embezzlement.

Cherie Ward, 47, was arrested Tuesday.

Judge Kathy King Jackson set bond for Ward at $5,000 on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Nov. 3 indictment, Ward is accused of embezzling $1,340 from the Thin Blue Line Trust, a nonprofit organization of the sheriff’s department. She had access to the account because of her employment at the sheriff’s department, court records say.

The embezzlement allegedly occurred between March 13 and May 4, 2015.

Former Sheriff Mike Byrd, now a convicted felon, hired Ward in September 2012 as a spokesperson for the department. Byrd was later indicted and convicted on state and federal felony charges.

Ward continued to work as a sheriff’s spokesperson under Sheriff Mike Ezell until February 2016.

Prior to joining the sheriff’s department, Ward was a reporter at the Mississippi Press and Gulflive.com.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has referred any media inquiries to the State Auditor’s Office.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

  Comments