Crime

Former Jackson County deputy accused in embezzlement case

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 
 A former Jackson County sheriff's deputy is charged with embezzlement for selling this equipment at Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport. The equipment belonged to the Sheriff's Office.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE A former Jackson County sheriff's deputy is charged with embezzlement for selling this equipment at Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport. The equipment belonged to the Sheriff's Office.

JACKSON COUNTY -- A former Jackson County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on an embezzlement charge for allegedly pawning various gun accessories that belonged to the Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Mike Ezell.

Alexander Herman Kieper Jr. is accused of selling gun scopes, scope lenses and two tripods for weapons at Dad's Super Pawn in Gulfport in June. The pawn shop contacted authorities because they thought the equipment might belong to authorities.

The Sheriff's Office contacted the FBI to assist in the investigation, ultimately resulting in Kieper's arrest Friday.

Investigators determined Kieper had sold the items, valued at $10,000, for an unspecified amount of money.

All of the items had been purchased with a Homeland Security grant awarded to the Sheriff's Office in 2006. The items had been assigned to Kieper while he was a deputy there, but they were not included in the Department inventory list.

Kieper worked at the Sheriff's Office for 18 years before he resigned in September 2011.

Ezell said previous inventory control procedure are under review to determine if all of their equipment has been accounted for.

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