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Woman gets prison for MUW embezzlement


Cynthia “Jeannie” Godbey

Cynthia “Jeannie” Godbey



The Associated Press



A former accountant for the Mississippi University for Women Foundation has been sentenced to seven years in prison. 


Cynthia "Jeannie" Godbey of Starkville pleaded guilty Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court. Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced her to 10 years but suspended three. The 48-year-old was also fined $1,000. 


Prosecutors say Godbey has repaid the foundation $27,769. 


She was fired in the spring of 2012 after the foundation discovered the thefts. Godbey worked at the foundation about three years. 


Prosecutors say she stole the money between May 2011 and January 2012. 


Godbey was hired by the university in Nov. 2009 to handle the foundation's $37 million endowment. School officials were unaware at the time that she was a felon who had several past arrests and charges for financial misdeeds.




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