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Former Alcorn County supervisor sentenced to 12 years

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ALCORN COUNTY, MS (WMC) -

Two of five men wrapped in extensive corruption in Alcorn County were sentenced on Tuesday.

Former Alcorn County Supervisor Jimmy Del Nelms was sentenced to 12 years. That's the longest sentence ever given to a public official in Alcorn County.

Nelms pleaded guilty Tuesday to false representation to defraud government, fraudulently obtaining public funds, and embezzlement by a public official.

"The law abiding citizens and public officials in this county are greatly embarrassed that this took place in our county," said the judge that sentenced Nelms.

Three different investigations linked former Supervisor Nelms to five different people, including vendors and a former purchase clerk. 

However, the district attorney's office said the largest of the schemes plaguing the county centers around Nelms.

The charges stem from many schemes, including Nelms purchasing culverts from a company that didn't exist, using county credit cards to purchase things for his home, and buying and selling vehicles to the county from his own company.

Tuesday, court officials discussed the connection between Nelms and the vendors who helped with these schemes.  Those vendors were also charged in the case.

Nelms was ordered to spend 12 years in jail and pay more than $300 thousand in restitution and $5,000 in fines.

"I've shamed myself," said Nelms. "I've shamed my family and I'm sorry for that. I apologize."

Meanwhile, the Mississippi state auditor said the case is far from over, and his office is still investigating claims of corruption in Alcorn County.

The auditor asked for anyone involved in schemes with Nelms to please come forward and notify officials.

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