PERS Employee Arrested for Embezzlement
An employee with Mississippi’s state retirement system accused of pocketing $65,000 in benefits that were not hers turned herself in to authorities Tuesday, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Amanda Combs, 31, 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 (PERS), 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. A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by Roger Wade and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Jim Giddy, both of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.