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Court clerk arrested for embezzling from court

BAY ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former deputy clerk at a Justice Court has been arrested after authorities say she embezzled more than $100,000.

The Sun Herald reports 40-year-old Dana Sue Beaman was arrested Friday and charged with four counts of embezzlement. Beaman was a deputy clerk in the Hancock County Justice Court between 2008 through 2011.

Beaman told investigators in an interview that she took $4,000. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says his team found the number to be larger than expected. Pickering’s office filed a demand requiring she pay back nearly $200,000, which includes the more than $100,000 she allegedly embezzled, plus nearly $87,000 in interest and recovery cost.