Morgan Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Guilty pleas were entered Wednesday in an embezzlement case involving a Urology Clinic of Meridian.

Beverly Morgan, 31, of Collinsville, Miss., pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and one count of uttering forgery.

Although Morgan admits to some wrongdoing, she says she was not alone.

"You don't know the whole story and you don't know how the people I worked for are," said Morgan as she left court. "I admitted to my transgressions, but I'm not admitting to everybody else's because there were a lot of people that did a lot of wrong."

Morgan was asked if more people were involved. She said, "Yes, but I took the blame for everybody!"

According to the attorney for Urology Clinic of Meridian, during the two years that Morgan served as office manager, thousands of dollars came up missing.

"The total that we discovered that she had gotten for fraudulent transfers, wireless transfers, forged checks, use of clinic credit cards, it was something slightly over a million dollars," said attorney William Ready, Jr. "Then you have the IRS taxes and penalties on top of that."

"We've lost probably close to a million dollars," said Leslie Phillips, wife of Dr. Mark Phillips.

"She as office manager was responsible to pay employment taxes and other wages to the government and that wasn't done," said Ready. "So, the Urology Clinic, as well as Dr. Phillips and Dr. Dilworth have suffered personally with penalties that have been put on them because of what this woman did. As you know the IRS is going to get their money."

Although Morgan pleaded guilty to only two counts, during sentencing proceedings, the attorney for the clinic says he will present evidence for all 20 counts she faced and then ask the judge to sentence her to the maximum punishment under the law.

Morgan will be sentenced Mar. 26 at 9 a.m. in Lauderdale County Circuit Court. She is facing up to five years in prison, plus fines.

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