Former Deputy Clerk of Hinds County Justice Court Arrested for Alleged Extortion
Jackson, Miss.- A former Hinds County employee has been arrested for extortion, accused of accepting an unlawful payment while she worked as a deputy clerk for the Hinds County Justice Court, Attorney General Jim Hood announced.
Lakisa Renee Schuller, 38, of Clinton, was arrested last week by deputies of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office following the indictment by a Hinds County Grand Jury for one count of Extortion by Collecting Unauthorized Fees. Schuller was booked into the Hinds County Jail then released on a $5,000 bond.
Schuller is accused of collecting $800 from a citizen as a monetary fee to clear/remove a civil judgement from his record. The unauthorized fee that Schuller allegedly collected was in violation of Mississippi Code Section 97-11-33.
The maximum sentence for extortion by a public official is five years in prison or a fine of $5,000 on each count and the public official shall be removed from office.
As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Investigators Christopher Watkins and Larry Ware of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division investigated the case. Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander will prosecute the case.