- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A former deputy clerk at a Justice Court in Mississippi has been arrested after authorities say she embezzled more than $100,000.

The Sun Herald report s 40-year-old Dana Sue Beaman was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of embezzlement. Beaman was a deputy clerk in the Hancock County Justice Court between 2008 through 2011.

Beaman told investigators in an interview that she took $4,000. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says his team found the number to be larger than expected.

Pickering’s office filed a demand requiring she pay back nearly $200,000, which includes the more than $100,000 she allegedly embezzled, plus nearly $87,000 in interest and recovery cost.

Justice Court clerks have several duties including collecting fines for misdemeanor criminal cases and traffic violations.

It’s unclear if Beaman has a lawyer.

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


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