- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources employee has pleaded guilty to a felony embezzlement charge.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1q3KSwe ) Kerwin Cuevas was sentenced Thursday in Harrison County Circuit Court to three years’ probation and fined $2,000. He also must repay money he took.

Cuevas was the last of seven former agency employees set for trial. All, including former Executive Director Bill Walker, pleaded guilty to federal or state charges resulting from FBI and state auditor’s investigations.

Against prosecutors’ wishes, Circuit Court Judge Roger T. Clark ruled Cuevas can expunge the conviction after successfully completing probation.

Cuevas pleaded guilty to charging $1,031.91 to a DMR fuel card for a personal fishing trip to Orange Beach, Alabama. Prosecutors dismissed a second charge for buying $335.78 in gas during the trip.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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