Former District Attorney’s Office Investigator is Guilty of Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Joe Edney has been convicted of embezzlement in Judge Charles E. Webster’s court chambers in Tunica County. The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s office.
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Favre Repays TANF Funds

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White has released the following statement:
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Audit of DHS Reveals Millions Wasted

Auditor’s Office Questions Over $90 Million in Spending of Welfare Grants and Other Funds

JACKSON – Millions of dollars of grants from the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS) were misspent, converted to personal use, spent on family members and friends of staffers and grantees, or wasted according to an audit released today by State Auditor Shad White.
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Shad White Holds Press Conference to Discuss Single Audit Findings at the Mississippi Department of Human Services

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White will hold a press conference to discuss the audit findings listed in the annual Single Audit, which includes the Department of Human Services (DHS), at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 4.
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Fraud Schemes Widespread During COVID-19 Emergency

Auditor warns, informs Mississippians where to report different types of schemes

JACKSON, Miss. – Fraud schemes become more common, according to State Auditor Shad White, during emergencies. To help combat that fraud, the Office of the State Auditor today released information on the best authorities to contact if Mississippians see a fraud scheme, along with information on how to protect themselves from the fraud.
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Auditor’s Office to Bring Accountability to COVID-19 Stimulus Spending

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White and his staff are making plans to audit and monitor the money coming into Mississippi as part of the CARES Act, the federal government’s stimulus response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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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