Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2 granted pretrial diversion in embezzlement case in Mississippi

Two Olive Branch Middle School staff members accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from school accounts have been granted pretrial diversion.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/13uHTAy ) the school's former assistant principal, Audrey Brooke Phillips, and the former bookkeeper, Kelli McGowen, applied for diversion and were accepted into the program last month.

The requirements of the program for nonviolent, first-time offenders call for the defendants to pay a $1,000 fine, $421.50 in court costs and $100 to the Mississippi crime victim compensation fund.

If they successfully complete the yearlong diversion program, they will not have convictions on their records or face punishment through the court system.

A third suspect in the case, former Olive Branch Middle School principal Mike McCoy, is slated to go trial on Aug. 19.


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