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Friday, June 14, 2013

Credit union employee charged with embezzlement in MIssissippi

A Forrest County grand jury has indicted a woman for allegedly embezzling more than $60,000 from the University of Southern Mississippi Federal Credit Union while she was employed there as a teller.

Helen A. Fitzgerald, 55, was served her indictment last week.

She was initially arrested on an embezzlement charge Dec. 12, by Hattiesburg Police Department officers.

The grand jury handed down the indictment May 14, alleging Fitzgerald “did willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously embezzle and fraudulently secrete, conceal and convert to her own use approximately $60,300.”

The document accuses her of racking up the alleged total in stolen funds between Oct. 31, 2011, and July 20, 2012.

Circuit Court records show that Fitzgerald bonded out of Forrest County Jail following her arrest.

Documentation of arraignment or waiver of arraignment are not in Fitzgerald’s file in the circuit clerk’s office, so a trial date has yet to be set.

It is unclear whether Fitzgerald currently has an attorney.

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