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Former Mississippi state employee headed to prison for embezzlement, forgery

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A former state employee has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement and forgery.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says 49-year-old Rhonda Gleason, of Richton, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in Jones County. Gleason pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery for crimes that occurred while she worked as a program director at Ellisville State School.

Hood, in a news release, Landrum sentenced Gleason to five years on each count, to run concurrent, with four years suspended and one to serve. She also must complete 624 hours of community service upon her release, pay restitution of $5,500 and court costs plus a $1,000 fine. Authorities say she took small amounts from more than 22 residents during a two-year period.

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