By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Youth ChalleNGe Academy program employee at Camp Shelby has been indicted for embezzlement.

The State Auditor’s Office, in a news release Monday, said 51-year-old Jerry Howard also has been served with a formal demand for $157,385.

Howard is the former cafeteria manager for the National Guard program, which serves at-risk youth ages 16-18.

Following a search last year of Howard’s restaurant, Jerry’s Seasoned Food, and his Hattiesburg home, Howard was arrested after agents found large quantities of food purchased by the National Guard.

Auditor Stacey Pickering says his agents determined that large amounts of invoiced food never appeared on cafeteria menus. While the number of academy participants remained virtually the same, end of the year food totals increased from $216,000 in 2008 to $306,000 in 2014.

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