Former school cafeteria manager arrested for embezzlement

COLUMBIA, Miss. (WHLT) — Authorities said they have arrested a former school cafeteria manager in Columbia in an embezzlement investigation.

Agents of the State Auditor’s Office took Marquette Magee into custody.

He is being accused of fraud in public office and for alteration of records.

They said evidence shows that almost $2,300 was taken from the Jefferson Middle School cafeteria between August 1, 2014, and October 14, 2014. He’s accused of creating false documents to show a different amount of money than what was collected. Officials said he submitted the altered documents with the money to Columbia School District Central Office.

There were discrepancies from the lunchbox computer and Magee’s paperwork.

“According to the evidence, Mr. Magee betrayed the students of Jefferson Middle School,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “Our office will work to recover these funds as quickly as possible on behalf of the students and the school district.”

He stepped down from his position in October 2014.

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