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Former state employee sentenced for embezzlement

Photo courtesy of Attorney General Jim Hood's office

32 year-old Amanda Ruth Combs, a former state employee at the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), is going to prison for embezzling $63,864.18 while employed.

Combs was sentenced yesterday on three counts of embezzlement by a state employee and sentenced to 10 years in prison with five of those years suspended.

The sentences for each count are to run concurrently to each other, leaving Combs a total of five years to serve behind bars followed by five years of supervised probation. Additionally, Combs was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and court costs and $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund. She must also pay $30,917.62 in restitution today. PERS has already recovered $32,946.56.

“We appreciate the very just sentence handed down by Judge Chaney,” said General Hood.  “Full restitution with time to serve will insure this defendant pays due penance for this crime.”

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