Friday, October 5, 2018

PERS Employee Going to Prison

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following statement.

A former state employee is going to prison for embezzling $63,864.18 while employed at the Mississippi Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Amanda Ruth Combs, 32, of Brandon, was sentenced Thursday on three counts of Embezzlement by a State Employee by Warren County Circuit Court Judge M. James Chaney, Jr. Judge Chaney sentenced Combs to 10 years in prison with five of those years suspended, leaving Combs with five years to serve and five years on supervised probation. The sentences for each count are to run concurrently to each other, leaving Combs a total of five years to serve behind bars followed by five years of supervised probation. Additionally, Combs was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and court costs and $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund. She must also pay $30,917.62 in restitution today. PERS has already recovered $32,946.56.

"We appreciate the very just sentence handed down by Judge Chaney," said General Hood. "Full restitution with time to serve will insure this defendant pays due penance for this crime."

This case was investigated by Roger Wade and prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stanley Alexander of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.


Anonymous said...

It happened 36 years ago and she can’t recall where she actually placed the money

Anonymous said...

Five years for $60k? And Epps & Co got what?

I get he’s not a public employee, but Adams and millions laugh at this poor girl, the $60k and her shitty lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Epps got over 19 years, since you asked, and Epps was a public employees.

Anonymous said...

How does one steal from PERS? Great story to be told.

Anonymous said...

1:59 - Do you think we need to be told that Epps was a public employee?

Anonymous said...

2:09 good point, does the State unse credit cards for regular conduct of business and she went shopping? Did she do it in a way her supervisor rubber stamped or even allowed her to approve her own acts. Just curious.

Anonymous said...

"How does one steal from PERS? Great story to be told."

The same way you might steal from a credit union. You transfer funds or other balances from any number of accounts to your own. Could also be Deferred Comp funds.

Anonymous said...

Does her time in prison go towards her time in service for retirement purposes? Asking for a union member neighbor.

Kingfish said...

One reader keeps attempting to comment about the race of employees at PERS. Give it up. It has nothing to do with this post. The post is about an employee embezzling from PERS.

Anonymous said...

The employee pictured is a white person. That, alone, is indeed relevant. A white person charged with embezzlement. The attempt to bring that fact to light is legitimate in view of the fact that PERS has almost zero white employees. If this were about the city of Jackson, you'd have run it up the flagpole immediately.

robert redd said...

Did the fact that this apparently happened in Vicksburg, which has 3 Casinos get investigated for the trial?

Anonymous said...

PERS doesn't have employees in Vicksburg.

Anonymous said...

5 years for $60,000? Goes to show you how our justice system works. The Walkers stole far more money and have served very little time. Bill Walker and his wife are making $190,000 a year from state retirement and they can't even pay the $5,000 monthly restitution payments required by the judge.

Goes to show that those with money are treated far differently than those without. Just another prosecutor going after the low hanging fruit.

Kingfish said...

She will probably only serve 25% of that five year term.

Anonymous said...

That chick probably have my money that I have to wait 90 days to get....

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