State Worker Pads Nest Egg With Others’ Benefits

WARREN COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — An employee of Mississippi’s state retirement system has surrendered to authorities after being accused of pocketing $65,000 in benefits that were not hers. 31-year-old Amanda Combs of Brandon turned herself in to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office after being indicted on three counts of embezzlement by a public employee. While working in the payments processing division at the Public Employees’ Retirement System, Combs allegedly redirected $65,000 of retiree and beneficiary payments into her own accounts. If convicted on all three counts, Combs faces up to 60 years in prison and $15,000 in fines.


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