Arrest

State Auditor, Shad White, announcing the arrests of former Coahoma Community College employees Gwendolyn Jefferson and Stacie Neal on embezzlement and conspiracy charges.

Neal was also indicted for making false representations used to defraud a government entity.

Both Jefferson and Neal are accused of using the college's credit card to make personal purchases totaling more than $750,000.

The scheme was discovered by a college official when Jefferson and Neal forgot to conceal a purchase record.

If convicted, Jefferson faces up to 25 years in prison and $25,000 in fines and Neal could face up to 30 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.

In a separate case, Kappi Allen is accused of embezzling more than $90,000 while she was the Executive Director of the Coahoma Tourism Commission.

Along with personal purchases, Allen is also accused of writing unapproved payroll checks to herself.

If convicted, Allen faces up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

In addition to facing criminal charges and fines, all three women will remain personally liable for the full embezzled amount.

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