Parole Board Hearing

A Houston County woman convicted of one of the largest embezzlement schemes in the history of the Wiregrass will remain in prison.

Sixty-four-year-old Grace White pled guilty last February to 27-counts of theft of property.

She confessed to stealing more than $450,000 from the Wiregrass Gin Company where she worked.

White was sentenced to 20-years in prison and started serving her time in April of last year.

But two months later, the state prison system tried to put White in a work release program. District Attorney Doug Valeska blocked that move.

Earlier this week, the state parole board considered White for early release, but Valeska went to Montgomery and convinced the board to keep her behind bars.

White will be eligible for parole again in January of next year.