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School district business manager accused of stealing retires

TUPELO — The Lee County School District business manager alleged to have embezzled from the school district has retired.

Randy Thweatt was placed on paid administrative leave April 17 after he was arrested by officials from the State Auditor’s Office. The school board changed that to unpaid leave on April 24 after he was indicted on two counts of embezzlement. He’s alleged to have taken a district pickup truck and air conditioning unit.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Thweatt since filed for retirement, which the Lee County School Board accepted at its meeting yesterday, ending his employment with the district. The retirement is retroactive to May 31.

Lee County School Board attorney Gary Carnathan said criminal charges do not impact eligibility in the state retirement system.

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