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Ex-bank employee charged with embezzlement

GULFPORT — A second former Hancock Bank employee has been formally charged with embezzlement in U.S. District Court.

The Sun Herald reports that 62-year-old Willie Doris Burney agreed to waive her right to a formal grand jury indictment on the charge.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Roper agreed to release Burney on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Burney, with attorney Ian A. Brendal by her side, said she did not wish to comment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan said Burney is accused of stealing millions of dollars from the Hancock Bank main branch in Ocean Springs.

Margaret Migues, the branch’s former operations manager, pleaded guilty in May, to one charge of embezzlement.

She is scheduled for sentencing in August.

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