Two former employees with the City of Moss Point are behind bars today on embezzlement charges that reportedly took place from 2015 to 2016.
Kenya Bowens and Lakeshia Benton were both indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury.
The former city employees are accused of collecting cash payments from customers paying water bill fines, pocketing the cash they collected, and voiding the transaction receipts. A supervisor noticed the odd number of voided transactions authorized by Benton and Bowens and reported the discrepancies.
Moss Point Mayor Mario King tells News 25 about steps the city took to prevent the situation from happening in the future. “What we are doing is moving forward with people that are responsible. We have a city clerk with 15 years of experience. We have an HR director with 20 years of experience. We are hiring people and putting people in those positions to be engaged. We are looking for engaged employees. That’s what Moss Point is all about.”
Records indicate Bowens is responsible for nearly $12,000 in altered transactions. Benton is responsible for nearly $2,000 of improperly altered transactions.
The maximum penalty they could face is a $5,000 fine or 20 years in prison.