Roxie woman sentenced for embezzlement

Published 12:08 am Friday, February 22, 2013

JACKSON — A Roxie woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for embezzling money while she was employed by the Franklin County School District and the Town of Roxie.

Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson sentenced Ramona Mullins, 52, to serve nine years, with six years suspended, followed by three years of post-release supervision for two counts of embezzlement by a public employee, according to a press release from Attorney General Jim Hood’s office.

Johnson also ordered Mullins to pay $77,396 in restitution to the Franklin County School District, $16,866 to the Town of Roxie and $16,973 to the Mississippi State Auditor’s office.

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Mullins entered an open plea of guilty, meaning she refused to accept the recommendation of the state and instead threw herself at the mercy of the court, according to the press release.

Mullins admitted that, while employed as a business manager with the Franklin County School District, she embezzled funds from the school district by using the district’s credit card to make personal purchases and diverted district funds for her own use.

Mullins also admitted to embezzling funds from the Town of Roxie, where she also worked as a clerk. Mullins admitted to using the town’s charge accounts to make personal purchases by writing checks to herself, coding them as insurance payments and then converting the money for her personal use.