Former Philadelphia Court Clerk is Guilty of Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Philadelphia municipal court clerk Karen Refre has been convicted of embezzlement in Neshoba County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Stephen S. Kilgore in Judge Mark Duncan’s court chambers. The sentencing was recorded last week on Friday.
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Auditor Arrests former Simpson County Sheriff’s Office Employee for Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Simpson County Sheriff’s Office administrative assistant Stephanie Cuellar after she was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney Matt Sullivan. Cuellar was issued a demand letter worth $34,829.57, which includes interest and investigative expenses.
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Auditor Arrests former Lawrence County Conservation District Clerk

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office arrested former Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District clerk Brandy Russell after she was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney Hal Kittrell. A demand letter was issued to Russell when she was arrested.
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Auditor Returns Over $1.3 Million to Taxpayers in February

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White’s office returned over $1.3 million back to Mississippi taxpayers last month in stolen or misused funds. Significant amounts were returned in cases involving several town officials in Pelahatchie; the mayor of Aberdeen, Maurice Howard; the former Chancery Clerk of Humphreys County, Lawrence Browder; the former town clerk of Raleigh, Helen Bounds; and the commissioners of the Town Creek Master Water Management Board:
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Former Harrison County Assistant Tax Collector Sentenced for Committing Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Harrison County Assistant Tax Collector Denise Gill has been sentenced in Judge Lisa Dodson’s chamber of circuit court after she was convicted for fraud last month. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Joel Smith.
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Former Jones County Supervisor Jerome Wyatt Found Guilty of Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Jones County Supervisor Jerome Wyatt has been convicted of embezzlement in Judge Dal Williamson’s chamber of Jones County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Anthony J. Buckley.
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Former Water Association Office Manager Arrested for Embezzlement and Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office arrested Joann Williams, former office manager of the Tri-County Water Association in Jasper County. Williams was arrested for embezzlement and fraud after she was indicted by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney Matt Sullivan. The Auditor’s office conducted the investigation after the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance.
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Auditor Arrests Former Town of Walls Police Chief for Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested the former police chief of the Town of Walls, Herb Brewer, after he was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney John Champion. A demand letter worth $6,943.58 was issued to Brewer at the time of his arrest. Interest and investigative costs are included in the demand amount.
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Auditor Arrests Former Director of DHS and Co-Conspirators in Largest Public Embezzlement Case in State History

Defendants Accused of Obtaining Millions in Funds Intended for Poor

JACKSON, Miss. – Special agents from the office of State Auditor Shad White have arrested John Davis, the former Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS); former DHS employee Latimer Smith; Dr. Nancy New, owner and Director of the Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and New Learning, Inc.; Zach New, Assistant Executive Director of MCEC; Anne McGrew, accountant for MCEC; and Brett DiBiase in connection with a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme. The indictments include a range of violations involving fraud and embezzlement.
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Auditor Completes Efficiency Study of Department of Transportation

Report outlines where MDOT is performing well, areas for cost savings

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is operating at a level comparable to other state transportation departments across the nation, but they could save millions of dollars by streamlining operations. This finding, along with the ways MDOT could save taxpayer money, is published in a study of MDOT released by State Auditor Shad White today.
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