Crime

Former Ocean Springs personal assistant indicted, accused in theft of more than $91K

Ashley Bandyk
Ashley Bandyk

An Ocean Springs man’s former personal assistant has pleaded not guilty to embezzling $91,213 from him, court records show.

A grand jury indicted Ashley Ann Bandyk, 28, of Joe Fountain Road in Ocean Springs, in July. She pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this month.

Judge Dale Harkey has set a trial date of Nov. 16.

Ocean Springs police initially arrested Bandyk on a charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, but the grand jury charged her with embezzlement instead.

Police said the man hired Bandyk to help him with his daily routine and to take care of his finances because a medical condition prevented him from doing so.

During the investigation, police said, they learned Bandyk had set up a PayPal account with a fraudulent business name to transfer money from the man’s personal accounts for her own use.

If convicted of felony embezzlement, she could go to jail for up to 10 years and pay up to a $10,000 fine.

Detective Sgt. Matthew Morvant investigated the case.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45

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