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Ex-Hancock auditor accepts agreement in fraud case

GULFPORT — A former Hancock Bank auditor has admitted she defrauded the bank of $143,000 over a two-year period by converting portions of collections into money orders.

The Sun Herald reports 45-year-old Lisa Brooks of Gulfport accepted a plea agreement yesterday.

She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

Brooks is free on a $25,000 signature bond as she awaits sentencing Jan. 4.

Brooks worked in the bank’s recoveries department in Long Beach.

An indictment returned in July charged her with taking the money between October 2006 and October 2008. The amount involved was made public yesterday.

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