State Auditor Announces Whistleblower Reward Bill and Other Legislative Priorities for Upcoming Session

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced his legislative priorities for the 2024 session. “In my time as Auditor, my team and I have successfully asked lawmakers to make it harder for a court to wipe someone’s record clean when they steal taxpayer money, give investigators more time to identify fraud under the statute of limitations, and require state agencies to report suspected fraud to us,” said Auditor White. “These were important changes in the law. Now we’re going to work together to make our laws even stronger in our fight against corruption.”
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Former Lawrence County Tax Collector Clerk Arrested for Embezzlement and Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Hollie Summers. Summers was a former Deputy Clerk for the Lawrence County Tax Collector’s Office. She is charged with Embezzlement and Computer Fraud.
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Audit Investigators Arrest Two in Separate Rankin County Cases

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested two suspects in Rankin County on separate embezzlement cases: Hope Bishop, the former Vice President of Human Resources at the Mississippi Lottery Corporation, and Brittney Phillips, a former clerk at the Rankin County Tax Collector’s Office.
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Government Can Save Money by Being Smarter with Vehicle Purchases

JACKSON, Miss. – State agencies should consider how many miles they plan to put on a vehicle and how often they will use the vehicle before buying it, according to a new report from State Auditor Shad White’s office. Mississippi state agencies and other government offices own thousands of vehicles purchased with taxpayer dollars, from law enforcement and fire rescue to the Department of Transportation. The new report takes a deep dive into vehicle spending and makes recommendations to government purchasing officers to save taxpayers money.
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Former Meridian Police Officer Guilty of Conspiracy

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Meridian Police Officer Tenesia Evans, who is guilty of Conspiracy to Defraud the Government, has been sentenced. Evans was indicted in January 2021 and pled guilty in October 2022.
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Congress Calls for National Welfare Investigation

JACKSON, Miss. – Following State Auditor Shad White’s testimony to Congress this summer about his office uncovering the Mississippi welfare scandal, the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee have called on the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) to “conduct an investigation into the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fund.”
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State Auditor White’s Statement on Appointment of Todd Gee as U.S. Attorney

JACKSON, Miss. – The United States Senate will vote this morning on the confirmation of Todd Gee as the new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Gee is expected to be confirmed and will inherit the largest public fraud case in state history, Mississippi’s welfare scandal.
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Former Newton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Arrested for Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Newton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Shannon Taylor was arrested by special agents from his office. Taylor is charged with Embezzlement/Fraud in Public Office.
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Former Ellisville Deputy City Clerk Arrested for Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Emerald Wuertz. Wuertz is the former Deputy City Clerk for Ellisville. She is charged with embezzlement.
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Report Shows Which College Majors are Critical for State’s Economy

New study from State Auditor’s Office argues for spending more on college majors likely to stay in the state and earn a good living

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White released a report today arguing for changing the way taxpayer money is spent at Mississippi’s public universities. The report highlights the degree programs whose graduates are most likely to stay in Mississippi or land a good-paying job versus the ones who are not.
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