Two charged with stealing more than $750,000 from community college

Published 8:54 pm Monday, June 3, 2019

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.

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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.