Two more indictments served on former Parks employees

Dianne Evans, left, and Schronda Eddins


Two more former employees of the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department have been indicted by a grand jury following an investigation into the misuse of public funds. 

Former administrative assistant Dianna Evans and former contract employee Schronda Eddins were each indicted on single counts for embezzlement and conspiracy to defraud the state, respectively. 

The latest indictments bring the total to four former Parks employees. 

In July, 46-year-old Marion Watson, of Eupora, was indicted for one count of conspiracy to defraud the state and former Parks Director Herman Peters was indicted on the same charge. 

According to the one-count indictment for conspiracy, Eddins is accused of working in tandem with Peters from Jan. 1, 2015 until Nov. 30, 2017 to defraud the city of Starkville by obtaining employment wages based on false or fraudulent claims. 

The Starkville Daily News previously reported that Eddins is accused of embezzling the most among the group, in the amount of $15,200 during the aforementioned time frame. 

Evans, who was served a one-count indictment for embezzlement, is accused of using her position as a city employee to embezzle money greater than $1,000 but less than $5,000. 

According to court documents previously provided to the Starkville Daily News through a public records request, Evans is accused of embezzling $2,000 by virtue of her employment with the city of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department, where she worked as an administrative assistant.

As of Tuesday, former Parks contract employee Anthony Stevenson is the only suspect in the embezzlement probe that has not been served with an indictment. 

Stevenson turned himself in on felony warrants issued for embezzlement in January, along with Peters and Watson. 

The Starkville Board of Aldermen voted to fire Peters in January, after the group of five former department employees were accused of embezzling a total of $21,702.50 from January 2015 until November 2017. 

None of the suspects charged in connection with the investigation are currently employed with the city of Starkville. 

District Attorney Scott Colom’s office will prosecute the case.