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Jury convicts former Greene Co. Circuit Clerk

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A Greene County jury convicted former Circuit Clerk, Etta Edwards, of First Degree Theft of Property Thursday.  Edwards was charged in 2011 with stealing more than $138,000. The money had been paid to the court system. 

Edwards defense attorney said it was not stealing but sloppy bookkeeping.  State auditor Isagore McGee testified Wednesday that he found $94,000 in suspect transactions during a routine examination. After auditing office records, McGee said he determined that $138,000 had gone missing. McGee said Edwards told him that she didn't know about the problems or suggested that someone might have broken into her office to steal the funds.

Edwards is facing 3 to 5 years in prison.

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