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Area woman pleads guilty in Franklin embezzlement

A Franklin County resident has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the Franklin County School District and the town of Roxie, according to a press release from the attorney general’s office.

Ramona Mullins, 52, of Roxie, entered an open plea of guilty before Circuit Court Judge Forrest Johnson and was sentenced Tuesday.

In pleading guilty, Mullins, a former business manager with the Franklin County School District, admitted to embezzling funds from the school district using the district’s credit card to make personal purchases and diverting 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 apparently used the town’s charge accounts to make personal purchases by writing checks to herself and disguising them as insurance payments.

The judge sentenced Mullins to nine years, with six years suspended, followed by three years post release supervision.

Johnson also ordered Mullins make restitution to the Franklin County School District in the amount of $77,396.42 and restitution to the town of Roxie in the amount of $16,866.51.

She was further ordered to pay $16,973.12 to the Office of the Mississippi State Auditor for the cost of recovery and a $225.00 fee to cover investigative fees.

“We appreciate Judge Johnson’s sentence ordering full restitution and time behind bars,” said Attorney General Hood in the press release.

This case originated at the State Auditor’s Office.