BREAKING NEWS: Longo trial set for June 21

Mayor faces embezzlement charges

By DONNA MELTON – Sun Herald

WILLIAM COLGIN/SUN HERALD Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo

Waveland

Mayor Tommy Longo waived his right to arraignement Thursday morning while in court to answer an embezzlement charge, and a trial date has been set for June 21.

The proceedings are the equivalent of pleading not guilty, his lawyer said.

“We look forward to our day in court,” said Longo’s attorney, Donald Rafferty. “This is all politically motivated,” adding it was a “character assassination. Basically, it is people who want to take a shot at the mayor.”

Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office arrested Longo in January after a Hancock County Grand Jury indicted the three-term mayor on an embezzlement charge. He was charged with using a Fuelman credit card to put gas in a personal vehicle instead of his government-issued vehicle.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering alleges Longo embezzled $1,116.84 in Fuelman purchases.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/14/2102289/longo-trial-set-for-june-21.html#ixzz0lBkHCeYh

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