Krista Brown pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in Madison County Circuit Court on October 6. A Madison County grand jury indicted her for embezzling more than $25,000 from Material Girls. Material Girls is a women's clothing store with retail locations in Ridgeland and Flowood. It is owned by Whitney Giordiano Foster. She was arrested in Flowood and Ridgeland and charged with embezzling $46,000 from the two stores in her position as manager.
Judge John Emfinger sentenced her to three years in prison but suspended the incarceration. Mrs. Foster told JJ that Ms. Brown made full restitution and paid $46,000 back to her company. She will also serve five years of supervised probation. The terms of her probation require her to avoid the use of alcohol and illegal drugs, have a steady job, and submit to drug testing. She must also pay court costs of $498. She was charged in Rankin County for embezzlement from the Flowood store but that charge was dismissed. Earlier post about Flowood arrest and embezzlement.
Ridgeland police arrested Ms. Brown in December for embezzlement. JJ reported:
The police report states that Ms. Brown had access to the company paypal account. Material Girls sells women's clothing at its retail stores in Ridgeland and Flowood as well as on its website. The company provides payment services through Paypal to online customers. The paypal account allows the merchant to withdraw funds via electronic transfer to a bank account or paper checks issued by Paypal. Ms. Brown directed Paypal to issue her checks drawn on the Material Girls account. The total amount of the checks was $7,674. Ms. Brown also made purchases for herself through the Paypal account.Attorney Cynthia Speetjeens represented Ms. Brown.
Ms. Brown apparently said the first check was issued due to a "keystroke error" but instead of returning the money she said she "deposited it into her account to help with old bills." She then transferred $3,000 to herself so she could purchase a Tahoe for a boyfriend, Jacarran Crump. She also confessed to using her company American Express Card to make other purchases for herself. She then confessed to more Paypal charges of $1,349 for hotel rooms and Victoria's Secret lingerie. Earlier post.