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2 indicted over spending at Mississippi community college

June 3, 2019

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Two former community college employees have been arrested on indictments they stole more than $750,000.

Mississippi’s state auditor says Gwendolyn Jefferson and Stacie Neal used Coahoma Community College credit cards to buy items including shoes, watches and a chandelier from 2013 to 2017.

Auditor Shad White says Jefferson was arrested Monday for conspiracy and embezzlement. Neal was arrested for conspiracy, embezzlement and false representation.

In September, White demanded the two pay the state more than $980,000, including interest and investigation costs.

Separately, White says former Coahoma Tourism Commission Executive Director Kappi Allen is indicted for embezzlement. White says Allen made more than $36,000 in personal purchases with commission credit cards and issued herself $57,000 in unapproved payroll checks.

Each is free on $5,000 bail. It’s unclear they have lawyers.

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