Tourism Director Arrested After 2-year Investigation

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi State Auditor Shad White has announced arrests in two separate embezzlement cases in Coahoma County. Following an investigation that lasted over two years, former tourism director Kappi Allen has been presented with a demand for over $142,000. She is accused of embezzling over $90,000 by using a public credit card to pay for a vision appointment and glasses and buy merchandise from retailers like Target, Steinmart, Trunk Club, and Disney World. Investigators identified over $36,000 in personal purchases allegedly made by Allen and paying herself nearly $57,000 between October 2014 and January 2018. The demand includes interest and investigative costs. If convicted Allen faces up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Two former Coahoma Community College employees, Gwendolyn Jefferson, and Stacie Neal are also under arrest after being indicted for embezzlement and conspiracy. Stacie Neal was also indicted for making false representations used to defraud a government entity. Jefferson and Neal are accused of using credit cards and checks belonging to the college from January 2013 to September 2017 and buying $750,000 worth of gift cards, shoes, watches, a chandelier, and many other consumables with public funds. If convicted, Jefferson faces up to 25 years in prison and $25,000 in fines, and Neal could face up to 30 years in prison and $35,000 in fines. In addition to criminal charges, all three could be held personally liable for the entire amount of their demands.

 


2 Comments on "Tourism Director Arrested After 2-year Investigation"

  1. Sad part is, they’ll give her a slap on the wrist because she’s a white woman but will sentence those black women to death for the same crime.

  2. You know it.!! Do you really believe white people will not reap what they sow…

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