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Review shows employee did not embezzle from university

EUPORA — An internal review reveals that a Mississippi State employee did not take funds from the university, though she has been charged with embezzling from another organization. The Commercial Dispatch reports Beth Sykes Collum of Eupora was arrested and charged with embezzling an undisclosed amount while serving as treasurer for the Mississippi Horse Show Association. She was released on ...

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Ex-school principal asks for delay in embezzlement trial

HERNANDO — Former Olive Branch Middle School principal Mike McCoy, who was indicted on conspiracy and embezzlement charges, has requested that his Jan. 14 trial be postponed because his attorney has a scheduling conflict. The Commercial Appeal reports McCoy’s attorney, Kevin Horan, filed the motion for a continuance Dec 6. In the motion, Horan, who is a first-term democratic state ...

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Woman charged with embezzlement arrested in hospital

WIGGINS — A woman, who investigators believe embezzled more than $300,000 from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership in Wiggins, has been arrested. Stone County Sheriff’s investigator Eddie Rogers tells The Sun Herald 38-year-old Tina Gillespie, of Wiggins, was arrested at Forrest General Hospital on charges of embezzlement and forgery. Rogers says bond was set at $10,000 for each charge. ...

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Two defendants to be arraigned in surplus property case

BASSFIELD — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says two individuals turned themselves in to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office last Tuesday following multiple count indictments. These indictments are a result of the investigation into surplus property purchased by the City of Bassfield and converted to personal use. Brenda Saulters and Billy Matthews were booked on the charges false pretenses, embezzlement and ...

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Former school administrators accused of embezzlement

OLIVE BRANCH — Three former Olive Branch Middle School staff members will stand trial Jan. 14 in DeSoto County on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy. The Commercial Appeal reports former principal Michael McCoy of Olive Branch, former assistant principal Audrey Phillips of Memphis and former bookkeeper Kelli McGowen of Southaven are accused of taking more than $10,000 from various school ...

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Auditor's Office closes embezzlement investigation

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering has closed his office’s investigation into embezzlement by a former Lincoln County Circuit Clerk. Pickering last week delivered a check for more than $61,000 to Lincoln County Supervisors. The Brookhaven Daily Leader reports the check represents the last of the money the auditor’s office says Terry Lynn Watkins had failed to turn over to ...

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Forger-turned-secretary returns to forgery, gets 10 years

BATESVILLE — A 40-year-old Sardis woman has received a 10-year prison sentence after a Panola County Circuit Court jury convicted her of forging a court document. The Commercial Appeal reports Samantha Johnson was convicted after fewer than 15 minutes of deliberation. Judge Jimmy McClure immediately sentenced her to 10 years for composing the fictitious Chancery Court divorce document. Johnson, while ...

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