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OB school employees charged with embezzlement

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Police charged three Olive Branch Middle School administrators with embezzling more than $10,000 from multiple accounts at the school.

"It was a long investigation. We had to conduct many interviews during this investigation and it took a while," said Olive Branch Police Chief Donald Gammage.

Olive Branch police arrested and charged former principal Michael Wayne McCoy, 43 of Olive Branch; former assistant principal Audrey "Brooke" Phillips, 31 of Memphis; and former bookkeeper Kelli Dalana MGowen, 42 of Southaven. All three were charged with embezzlement and conspiracy to commit a crime; Phillips was additionally charged with false statements and misrepresentation.

The three month investigation began after police say the DeSoto County School's attorney brought an internal investigation to their attention. Olive Branch Police say an internal audit was done at the middle school. The attorney brought that audit to police saying the numbers aren't matching up with what the school's revenue should be.

"I feel like DeSoto County has the best school system in the state of Mississippi. Olive Branch has an outstanding school system here," said Gammage.

All three were released on $7,500 bond. The DeSoto County District Attorney is now handling the case.

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