Former Philadelphia court clerk found guilty of embezzlement

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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WJTV) – State Auditor Shad White announced former Philadelphia municipal court clerk Karen Refre has been convicted of embezzlement in Neshoba County Circuit Court.

Refre was arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office in August 2019 after being indicted. Prosecutors said she used her position to manipulate accounting software and embezzle over $11,000 from the city during a two-year period.

Refre was sentenced to two years in prison and five years in a probation program. White said his office already recovered the entire amount of Refre’s demand letter by filing a claim against her surety bond. She must also personally reimburse her surety bond company as part of the sentencing order.

“Another successful investigation concluded, another guilty plea,” said White. “I’m thankful for the work of our investigators and for the work of prosecutors, who obtained prison time as a part of this guilty plea. We will continue to forge partnerships around the state and work to bring cases to a successful conclusion, just as we have done here.”

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