December 15, 2012 8:56:09 PM
An internal review this week revealed that a Mississippi State employee did not take funds from the university, though she has been charged with embezzling from another organization.
Beth Sykes Collum, of 336 Sibley Road in Eupora, was arrested and charged with embezzling an undisclosed amount while serving as treasurer for the Mississippi Horse Show Association, a post she held since 2008. She was released on $10,000 bond and placed on administrative leave by the university.
Collum, 49, was hired as the business manager for MSU's office of the provost and executive vice president in 2010, but she had been working for the university since 2006.
The department of internal audit reviewed all university funding to which Collum had access, but the investigation revealed no irregularities, said Sid Salter, director of MSU's University Relations.
Salter said the review procedure is in place to deal with instances like this and stressed that the allegations against Collum had nothing to do with Mississippi State.
"The allegations against this individual involved the Mississippi Horse Show Association, which is wholly and solely a private entity," Salter said. "That invididual is no longer associated with the university either."