Former Harrison Central High bookkeeper embezzled thousands of dollars, officials say

Sherry Lynn Brewer
Sherry Lynn Brewer

A former bookkeeper at Harrison Central High School is accused of embezzling $5,890. It will cost her $14,687.36, according to a demand letter from the State Auditor’s Office.

The demand letter was hand-delivered to the home of 41-year-old Sherry Lynn Brewer home in Gulfport after a Harrison County grand jury indicted her on charges of embezzlement and alteration of records, documents show.

The amount of money she’s expected to pay includes interest and costs of the investigation, State Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a news release Wednesday.

She is accused of keeping money turned in by students and teachers and altering receipts and records to cover her tracks.

Brewer has not worked at the school since December 2012, said Trang Pham-Bui, public relations specialist for the Harrison County School District.

Brewer embezzled $5,890 between January 2010 and December 2012, according to the indictment.

During that same period, she allegedly made false entries and changed bookkeeping records at the high school to conceal discrepancies.

Brewer was booked at the Harrison County jail Friday and released on a $15,000 bond that covers both counts in the indictment.

Her charges carry maximum penalties of 30 years in prison.

Brewer is at least the second person on the Mississippi Coast arrested on charges from the State Auditor’s Office in two months.

Former Hancock County Justice Court Deputy Clerk Dana Sue Beaman was arrested July 28, accused of embezzling more than $110,000. Pickering’s office has issued a demand requiring Beaman 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 is free on an $80,000 bond pending court action on four counts of embezzlement.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews