Court clerk admitted embezzling money, but no one expected how much, official says

Dana Sue Beaman
Dana Sue Beaman

A former deputy clerk in Hancock County Justice Court is accused of embezzling more than $110,000 in the course of her duties.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced the arrest of 40-year-old Dana Sue Beaman in a press release that says she made false entries in public records to conceal her crimes.

His office has filed a demand requiring she pay $197,408.94, which Pickering said includes $110,827.50 in embezzled money plus nearly $87,000 in interest and recovery costs.

Beaman worked for the court from January 2008 until June 2011.

She had confessed to embezzling $4,000 in an interview with a Hancock County Sheriff’s Department investigator, who notified the state auditor’s office, Pickering said.

“Our team found the number to be much larger than we originally expected,” he said of the missing money.

Justice Court clerks’ duties include collecting fines in misdemeanor criminal cases and on traffic violations that occur outside city limits. The court also handles civil cases in complaints involving $3,500 or less, holds preliminary hearings and bond hearings in felony cases and issues arrest warrants.

Beaman was arrested Friday. She faces four counts of embezzlement, the Hancock County jail docket shows. Beaman was being held with no bond pending an appearance in Circuit Court.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews