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Whistleblower sues former boss

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The woman who blew the whistle on a Ridgeland charity is accusing her former boss of wrongfully terminating her.

Silbrina Wright was in federal court Tuesday for her civil case against the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi and executive director Bill Murphy.

Wright said her former boss fired her in November of 2008 because she blew the whistle on FAIM and the bingo hall connected to it. Early this year officials shut down both the charity and the bingo hall for violating charitable gaming rules.

But Murphy's attorney, Eric Hamer, told the court that wright reported FAIM to the Secretary of State's office only after she was terminated. The defense asked that the case be dismissed and pointed out that Wright's attorney didn't provide pertinent documentation.

A judge gave Wright's attorney until 5 p.m. Wednesday to provide pertinent documentation. The defense has until 5 p.m. Thursday to respond.

"I've come a long way, I'm just waiting for justice to be served. I'm optimistic about it," said Wright. "I'm just excited to have my day in court."

Wright was also recently in Madison County Court on embezzlement charges. Murphy accused Wright of embezzling money from FAIM. Last week, Wright finalized a pre-trial diversion, which means her charges will be dismissed if she successfully completes one year of probation.

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