CORINTH – A former employee of Northeast Mississippi Community College will spend three years in prison for embezzling more than $50,000 from the school.
Seleta Howell, 42, of New Albany was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge James Roberts to 20 years in prison on one count of embezzlement. She will serve three years, with 17 years suspended, followed by five years of post-release supervision.
Additional concurrent sentences included 17 years on a second count and three years on a third count of embezzling funds between August 2004 and September 2006, said Assistant District Attorney Tyler Moss.
In January, Howell was indicted by a Prentiss County grand jury on five counts of embezzlement after an investigation by the state auditor’s office uncovered $52,754 in missing funds.
She worked as an accounts receivable specialist in the Northeast business office from November 2001 through September 2006.
In June, she pleaded guilty to three of the charges, and two of the charges were retired to the file.
Restitution of more than $76,600 has been demanded, Moss said, and Howell has begun to repay it. The total includes the amounts taken plus interest and cost of recovery for all five charges.
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