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Former Lowndes County Health Department worker arrested for embezzlement

Phyllis Welch | Photo provided by State Auditor's Office

If convicted, Welch faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 12:56 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A former employee of the Lowndes County Health Department has been indicted for embezzlement.

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White says special agents with his office arrested Phyllis Welch Thursday after she was indicted by a grand jury.

Welch was also issued a demand for $4,192.68, which includes interest and investigative costs.

White says Welch was employed by the department for more than 17 years.

She is accused of altering payment records to note bogus deductions from cash payments received from patients for services provided, to be used for personal use.

If convicted, Welch faces up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

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