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Meridian officer charged after ‘irregularities’ found in bank account

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi law enforcement officer is charged with embezzlement after a police chief said “irregularities” were found in a bank account.

Robert B. Spangler was charged Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether he as an attorney.

Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose says Spangler worked as a reserve officer in the city, resigning in the past few weeks.

Spangler was treasurer of the Meridian Police Department Reserve Association, which had a bank account to buy equipment. Dubose says Spangler closed the account and gave a check to the association. Dubose says the new treasurer “noticed some irregularities” in the account.

Dubose says a grand jury in July could consider whether to indict Spangler, who has also worked part-time for the Marion Police Department.