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Coahoma County mayor arrested, charged with embezzlement

A Coahoma County grand jury indicted Kenneth Lester, Jonestown mayor, on five counts each of felony embezzlement. According to a release from the attorney general, he could face up to 20 years imprisonment and as much as $5,000 in fines for each count. According to the indictment, Lester is accused of taking money from July 2017 to August 2018 for water bills and repairs. He then converted the money for his personal use. The indictment also alleges that he took a city-owned handgun, and pawned the cash. Jonestown, which is located about 10 minutes northeast from Clarksdale, has an estimated population 1,226 as of 2014. The Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department arrested Lester.