- Associated Press - Thursday, October 5, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A former Mississippi school bookkeeper is accused of stealing nearly $6,000 from 2010 through 2012.

A Harrison County grand jury indicted Sherry Lynn Brewer last month on felony charges of embezzlement and altering records.

Brewer was arrested Friday and freed on $15,000 bail. It’s unclear if she has a lawyer.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says Brewer pocketed money from Harrison Central High School students and teachers, altering receipts to hide her theft.

Harrison County school district spokeswoman Trang Pham-Bui tells The Sun Herald that Brewer left the Gulfport school in December 2012.

Pickering demands that Brewer pay $14,698 by Oct. 20 for lost money, interest and investigation costs. If not, Pickering could bring a civil lawsuit.

Brewer had a surety bond and Pickering also demands payment from the bonding company.

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