Former state transportation worker charged with embezzlement of gift cards

Published 8:56 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation was booked into the Hinds County jail following an indictment charging her with embezzlement, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Selena Standifer, 40, of Brandon, turned herself in to authorities Friday following her indictment by a Hinds County grand jury on one count of embezzlement. Standifer is accused of converting to her own use more than $1,000 in gift cards in December 2015 while employed by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The gift cards were the property of the department.

If convicted, Standifer faces up to 20 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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This case was investigated by Larry Ware of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division. Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander will handle prosecution.