Former Deputy Clerk of Hinds County Justice Court Arrested for Alleged Extortion

> Jackson, Miss.- A former Hinds County employee has been arrested for extortion, accused of accepting an unlawful payment while she worked as a deputy clerk for the Hinds County Justice Court, Attorney General Jim Hood announced.
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> Lakisa Renee Schuller, 38, of Clinton, was arrested last week by deputies of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office following the indictment by a Hinds County Grand Jury for one count of Extortion by Collecting Unauthorized Fees. Schuller was booked into the Hinds County Jail then released on a $5,000 bond.
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> Schuller is accused of collecting $800 from a citizen as a monetary fee to clear/remove a civil judgement from his record. The unauthorized fee that Schuller allegedly collected was in violation of Mississippi Code Section 97-11-33.
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> The maximum sentence for extortion by a public official is five years in prison or a fine of $5,000 on each count and the public official shall be removed from office.
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> As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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> Investigators Christopher Watkins and Larry Ware of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division investigated the case. Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander will prosecute the case.
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