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Stacey Pickering investigation leads to city school employee’s guilty plea

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 18, 2010

Holly Springs Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

(Jackson, Miss.) – State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a demand against Denise Gleeton, former secretary for the Intermediate School in Holly Springs. Gleeton pled guilty to embezzlement of $7,735.47 on August 5, 2010. During school years 2007-2009, $4,673.75 of activity funds was collected and receipted by Gleeton but was not deposited into the activity fund’s bank account.

“This guilty plea is a result of a joint effort by school officials and agents in our office,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “This account was made up of money from fundraisers and in some cases, individual contributions by parents. These accounts must have the same checks and balances as any other school account to ensure that this money is spent on the appropriate purposes and is in the best interest of the students.”

Gleeton was hired as a school clerk in Holly Springs in 1995, and served as a secretary to several principals for approximately 15 years. She resigned on July 23, 2009. Gleeton has been sentenced to five years probation.

The total exceptions of funds equals $7,735.47, with $4,673.75 representing funds embezzled, $724.72 in interested expense and $2,337.00 in investigative expense.

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