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Woman sentenced to prison; paying $188K for bank fraud

JACKSON — A federal judge has sentenced a woman to one year in prison on a bank fraud charge. Court records say Nicole Whitten was a financial services representative for Trustmark National Bank in Jackson. She was charged in June with using a customer’s information to take out a loan in his name and had the money put in her ...

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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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Ex-tellers accused of lifting $117K-plus from vault

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Two Pearl River County women have been charged with stealing more than $117,000 from a bank vault while they were tellers at a bank in Picayune. The Sun Herald reports Vonetta Jordan was the head teller and Debra Mitchell was a teller when they took the money between April 2004 and February 2005. The bank at ...

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Ex-bank teller pleads guilty to embezzling for drugs

BILOXI — A Biloxi woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $80,980 from a bank’s vault while she was employed as a vault teller. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis said in a news release that 29-year-old Ashley Ann Keel entered her plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. She will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ...

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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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Ex-teller accused of stealing for drugs pleads innocent

GULFPORT — A Biloxi woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $80,980 from a bank’s vault while she was employed as a vault teller. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Ann Keel entered her plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Her trial is set for Dec. 3. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker ordered her held without bond Sept. ...

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