PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — A former court clerk in Mississippi has been sentenced to two years in prison and five years of probation after she was convicted of embezzlement.
Karen Refre was the municipal court clerk in Philadelphia. State Auditor Shad White said in a news release Tuesday that Refre manipulated accounting software to steal more than $11,000 from the city over two years.
She was arrested by agents from the auditor's office in August after a grand jury indicted her. She was recently convicted in Neshoba County Circuit Court and was sentenced Friday by Judge Mark Duncan.
White said the auditor’s office has recovered the entire amount of Refre’s demand letter by filing a claim against her surety bond. Demand letters typically seek the money improperly taken, plus investigative costs. The judge ordered Refre to reimburse the surety bond company.