Auditor: Mississippi Delta superintendent overpaid herself

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Delta school superintendent is accused of overpaying herself by $52,000 in her old job.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering is demanding that Beverly Culley, now superintendent of the West Bolivar school district, repay nearly $70,000, reflecting not only the salary, but also interest and investigation costs.

Pickering says Culley overpaid herself without authorization in 2014 when she led the Benoit school district, which was merged into West Bolivar. Culley was hired to run the West Bolivar district in June, after the previous superintendent was fired.

If Culley doesn't pay within 30 days, Pickering could sue her in civil court. No criminal charges are currently pending. Pickering also demands payment from a bonding company that insured Culley.

Culley didn't immediately respond to a Friday email from The Associated Press.