Home » NEWS » Education » Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

gavel judge moneyRICHTON — A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery.

The crimes occurred while Gleason was employed as a program director at Ellisville State School. Officials at Ellisville reported the issue to the Attorney General’s Office.

Gleason was sentenced to five years on each count, to run concurrent, with four years suspended and one to serve. She also received two years of post-release supervision during which time she must complete 624 hours of community service. Gleason was also ordered to pay full restitution to Ellisville, which initially reimbursed the victims. She must also pay all court costs plus a $1,000 fine to cover investigative costs and $1,000 to the public defender’s fund.

The attorney general’s investigation showed that Gleason took small increments of money totaling over $5,500 from over 22 residents during a two-year period. Gleason also forged the names of other employees claiming they had witnessed monetary transactions when in fact they had not.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About MBJ Staff

One comment

  1. Yet other state employees who pled guilty or no contest to embezzling 30 times that much money from their state agencies have walked with no conviction and no jail time – only restitution.



Leave a Reply