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Former Hancock Bank workers sentenced

GULFPORT – Two former Hancock Bank employees have been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.4 million in restitution for their role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the bank.

Margaret Migues and Doris Burney were sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. in Gulfport after pleading guilty earlier to embezzlement charges.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan said the embezzlement scheme started around 1982 when Migues and Burney started working side-by-side as bank tellers.

Morgan said the two women, along with two unnamed coconspirators, stole money from the accounts of elderly people they’d befriended.

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