- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Lafayette County worker will serve two years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering, in a news release Wednesday, said Heather Thomas Peters, of Oxford, had five years of her seven-year sentence suspended, so she’ll only serve two in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She also was ordered to pay $25,981 in restitution.

Peters was arrested last March on charges of embezzling public funds. She was accused of embezzling almost $1,800 from the District Attorney’s Bad Check Unit, and charged another $2,000 on a government Wal-Mart credit card.

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