Former administrator of Juvenile Justice Center indicted

Published 12:49 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NATCHEZ — Adams County will be able to recoup at least $100,000 of the funds allegedly embezzled by its former youth detention center administrator.

Board of supervisors’ attorney Scott Slover said Tuesday the county’s errors and omissions insurance policy will cover the first $100,000 of the reported $165,000 total funds.



The board will discuss litigation to recover the remainder in executive session at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Slover said.

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County officials have previously said Charles Kevin Nations, 42, allegedly took $165,000 in county funds in a scheme that reportedly involved diverting checks made out to the juvenile justice center before they reached the county bookkeeping office for deposit.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday Nations was indicted by an Adams County grand jury following an investigation by Roger Cribb of the attorney general’s office’s public integrity division.

District Attorney Ronnie Harper said earlier this month he turned over the investigation to the attorney general’s office at the request of Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield, but the attorney general’s office did not confirm or deny the investigation prior to the indictment.

Nations is set to be arraigned on the grand jury’s charge of one count embezzlement by a public employee at 9 a.m. this morning.

The indictment alleges between the dates of Jan. 1 and July 30, Nations “did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously convert to his own use” more than $100,000 from the Concordia Bank & Trust account belonging to the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center.

Youth Court Judge John Hudson said in August — after Nations’ arrest — the court has since added redundancies into the check accounting system to disallow further such schemes.

An indictment means the grand jury has judged enough evidence exists to establish probable cause to charge a person with a crime.

If the matter goes to trial, Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander will prosecute the case.

Nations faces up to 20 years prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

Nations is currently free on a $50,000 bond.