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Former clerk pleads guilty to taking more than $100,000

December 3, 2019 GMT

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — A former Hancock County Justice Court employee is pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement after investigators found she stole more than $100,000.

Local news outlets report Dana Sue Beaman pleaded guilty Monday in Hancock County Circuit Court.

The state auditor’s office found Beaman took more than $110,000 over three years she worked for the court. The inquiry began after a court clerk found discrepancies in 2011. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office referred the case to the state after Beaman admitted to embezzling $4,000 from the justice court.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel says about $100,000 has been returned thanks to insurance that covered Beaman. The auditor’s office found 440 separate discrepancies, and witnesses identified Beaman as the clerk who took their payments.

She’s scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.