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Suspected embezzler caught Friday night

Malinda Lucas (PPD) Malinda Lucas (PPD)

Malinda Shea Lucas, 34, for whom authorities had been searching for over a week, was arrested late Friday night on charges out of Palestine of misapplication of fiduciary or finance property over $100,000.00. That's a second degree felony.

Lucas is suspected of embezzling money from the Palestine Herald Press, the local newspaper, after taking over as circulation manager in 2004. It's believed that she turned in time sheets for newspaper carriers who either didn't work there or were simply made up.

Lucas was arrested at her boyfriend's home in Montalba after police recieved a tip that she was there. Lucas was taken to the Anderson County Jail and booked in on $100,000.00 bond.

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