Thursday, September 23, 2021

MDOC Probation Officer Indicted for Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

State Auditor Shad White announced today Special Agents from his office have arrested Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) probation officer Dendrick Hurd after he was indicted on two counts of embezzlement in Forrest County. Investigators continue to identify potential victims of Hurd’s alleged scheme.


Hurd is accused of abusing his position as an MDOC Probation/Parole Agent and embezzling money from people attempting to pay court-sentenced fees and fines. He purportedly directed probationers under his supervision to purchase money orders and leave them blank.  He then allegedly recorded his information on the money orders and negotiated them to benefit himself. Hurd was reported to OSA when the probationers’ MDOC accounts did not reflect these money order payments.


Special Agents arrested Hurd and transported him to the Forrest County Jail. His bail amount will be set by the court.


“Taking advantage of probationers will not be allowed,” said Auditor White. “We will continue to root out fraud wherever we find it.”


If convicted, Hurd faces up to 20 years in prison or $5,000 in fines for each charge of embezzlement. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The case will be prosecuted by the office of District Attorney Lin Carter.


If you or someone you know may be a victim of a scheme like this, you can file a complaint online any time by clicking the red “Report Fraud” button at or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.



Anonymous said...

Just another day in Mississippi. Stupid people making stupid choices leading to consequences for their decisions. Can apply this to 60%+ of the population of the state right now.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile , half of Hinds/Jackson elected officials do it every day without so much as a sniff. Amazing how so many lower level employees keep getting busted but NARY ONE of the higher elected can even make the list. Smells like some serious "boo boo" .

Anonymous said...

It never stops-

Book 'em Mr. Shad said...

He doesn't appear to be the sharpest pencil in the box. Next.

Anonymous said...

Oh No!! Looks like the probation officer gonna need a probation officer. So you have the mayor of Jackson trying to scam Waste Management and this is what Mr. White’s priority is huh?

Anonymous said...

Can't do the time, don't do the crime.

Anonymous said...

3:22 ....Starting to think the State Auditors office is worried about being coined racist if they go for the low hanging fruit. One low on the pole public servant doesn't get the hackles up. And I promise, the fruit is on the ground.

Mississippi Rule 101 said...

If y'all want to steal public funds without consequences, y'all have to be elected to public office, or appointed to a position by an elected official.

Anonymous said...

Don’t you just know that Jackson city officials are probably on auto-alert and the first ones to read his reports? Checking to make sure their name doesn’t come up. I imagine just him being out there probably increases the melatonin demand in the city.

Anonymous said...

The victim parolee got suspicious and gathered the evidence, turned him in, right in Shad's lap. I'm hearing there will be more people coming forward who had the same scam run on them.

Anonymous said...

It happened in Madison County twice that I know of. One was covered in JJ but I can’t come up with a search term to find it. She worked for Michael Guest, maybe in the Bad Checks unit.

Anonymous said...

3:22 - The state auditor's office doesn't need to duplicate an FBI investigation that's already ongoing...

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