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TIMELINE

August 19, 1995

Larry Ashley asks for AG Opinion about family member working on


payroll of Circuit Clerks office.

March 8, 2005

OSA received complaint that Larry Ashley had misspent public funds.

June 9, 2005

OSA received first complaint that Palmertree had been misspending


public funds.

May 20, 2010

OSA meeting with Palmertree, Ashley & Penley regarding questionable


expenditures.

March 3, 2011

OSA received second complaint that Palmertree had been misspending


public funds.

August 11, 2011

OSA letter to Buck Penley proposing counter-settlement; also refers to


findings in audits.

August 17, 2011

Letter from Buck Penley accepting settlement; discusses issues of family


members working for Palmertree.

February 16, 2012

Letter from John Smith to Palmertree as receipt for funds from old
accounts.

July 2, 2012

OSA issued closure letter for former Circuit Clerk Larry Ashley.

August 7, 2012

OSA received third complaint concerning Palmertrees misappropriation


of funds from civil and criminal court accounts.

September 10, 2012

OSA agents met with Palmertree and attorney and provided information
of the over $650,000 she owed.

January 14, 2013

Letter from Penley to the Board of Supervisors proposing that Palmertree


pay $50,000 per year to pay off $402,000, the amount of over-the-cap
fees owed by Palmertree that OSA had previously provided to the Board
as owed by Circuit Clerk Palmertree.

February 6, 2013

Warren County Board of Supervisors Demand Letter for $649,406.00 to


Palmertree--results of OSA investigation that determined this amount of
money was owed by Palmertree.

February 21, 2013

Warren County Board of Supervisors issued letter of rejection of


Palmertrees offer to pay $50,000 per year.

March 5, 2013

State Auditors Formal Demand Letter for $661,751.75; hand-delivered


on Palmertree.

March 20, 2013

Palmertree filed Petition for Declaratory Judgment against the State


Auditor and the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

March 22, 2013

Ashley issued letter to Board of Supervisors demanding overpaid fees of


$255,776, plus interest of $347,826.48, for a total of $663,602.48.

April 15, 2013

OSA Answer to Complaint filed, including Joinder of Additional Parties


and Counterclaim.

June 13, 2013

Western Surety issued letter to Palmertree giving notice of intent to


cancel her bond.

August 6, 2013

Palmertree indicted by Warren County Grand Jury; prosecution handled


by AG.

August 16, 2013

State Auditor issued second Formal Demand against Palmertree for


$156,500.00 for funds in excess of fee cap; hand-delivered against
Palmertree.

December 2-4, 2013

Trial of civil expenditures by Warren County Circuit Clerk begins in


Hinds County Chancery Court; facts related to previous civil demands
are presented to the Court.

April 14-17, 2014

Continuing civil trial in Hinds County Chancery Court.

January 22, 2014

Palmertree reindicted on same charges in Warren County; case handled


by AG.

January 23, 2014

Palmertree was arrested and processed at the Warren County Sheriffs


Office by OSA agents; she was later released on bond.

April 10, 2014

Mississippi Supreme Court denied the Interlocutory Appeal filed by


Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree. The threemember panel of Justices agreed with an earlier Hinds County Chancery
Court ruling restricting Palmertree from using taxpayer money to pay her
attorneys fees.

May 15, 2014

OSA agents presented findings of an investigation relating to Palmertree


living in Madison County. An Affidavit of Residency from Madison
County Schools signed by Palmertree was presented to the Warren
County Board of Supervisors. Palmertree was removed from office by
Board of Supervisors for living outside Warren County.

May 21, 2014

OSA issued a third Formal Demand against Palmertree for $229,880.01


for excess fees taken out of her civil and criminal court accounts.

September 29, 2014

Palmertree pled guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Special


Appointed Circuit Judge Lackey sentenced Palmertree to three ten years
sentences in custody of the MDOC with five years to serve on each and
the remaining five years suspended. The sentences are to run
concurrently. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of
$12,000.

October 3, 2014

Palmertree held in Contempt of Court in Warren County Court for failing


to disburse funds held for a litigant pursuant to a court order.

December 3, 2014

Palmertree indicted by the Warren County Grand Jury; prosecution


handled by the District Attorney.

January 13, 2015

Continuing civil trial in Hinds County Chancery Court.

March 30, 2015

Palmertree pleads guilty to embezzlement in Warren County Circuit


Court and was sentenced to ten years in custody of the MDOC with five
years to serve and five suspended, to run concurrently. She was ordered
to pay $20,000 at sentencing, turn over the $19,542.99 in her criminal
account, and pay the balance of $67,164.64 in monthly installments of
$1250.00 beginning May 10, 2015.

March 31, 2015

Agreed Judgment entered against Shelly Ashley-Palmertree for


$818,251.75 in Hinds County Chancery Court civil case. The remaining
issue to be resolved is the liability of bond company for $300,000 for
three terms in office. An additional bond of $100,000 for her last year in
office is liable for third Formal Demand issued on May 21, 2014.