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Hinds County official and business owners sued for embezzlement

Hinds County official and business owners sued for embezzlement

A Hinds County election commissioner and two business owners pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of fraud, embezzlement, bribery and conspiracy in separate arraignments Tuesday in Hinds County Circuit Court.

District 2 Election Commissioner Toni Johnson, Clinton Business Owner Cedric Cornelius, and Jackson Business Owner Sudie Jones-Teague had their bonds set at $100,000 and received the order to wear ankle monitors until the trial.

Special Circuit Judge Jess Dickinsons said Cornelius, Johnson and Jones-Teague will not be allowed to communicate with each other unless their three attorneys are present, such as during trial prep.

Lawyers for the defendants have called for bail to be reduced, saying their clients can be trusted to return to court. Prosecutors from the Hinds County District Attorney’s Office argued that the unsecured bond of $100,000 was appropriate.