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Ex-Employees Accused of Embezzling From Miss. 2-Year College

September 25, 2018

The state auditor in Mississippi has asked prosecutors to bring charges against two former employees of Coahoma Community College for embezzling more than $750,000 from the institution, the Clarion Ledger reported. The auditor, Shad White, has filed a civil demand seeking reimbursement of nearly $1 million (including interest and investigative costs) from the two former employees of the college's purchasing office, Gwendolyn Jefferson and Stacie Neal. They allegedly used college credit cards to make personal purchases of shoes, watches and other goods.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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