State Auditor Arrests Former Bookkeeper at Warren County Tax Collector’s Office

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office, along with officers from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, arrested former Warren County Tax Collector’s office bookkeeper Paula Hunt. Hunt was arrested for embezzlement by a public official after she was indicted by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney for the 9th District Richard Smith, Jr. Hunt also received a demand letter for $165,329.98 at the time of her arrest. All interest and investigative costs are included in the demand amount.
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State Auditor Issues $188,000 Demand Against Lincoln County Officials

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White issued a civil demand to current Chancery Clerk of Lincoln County Tillmon Bishop for failure to reimburse the county for employee salary expenses from his office. Four current Lincoln County Supervisors were also issued civil demands related to voting to improperly pay the salary of a chancery clerk employee with county funds.
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Auditor’s Office Arrests Member of Jackson Counterfeit Check Ring

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced that Special Agents from his office arrested Gregory Deante McCarty, 36, at his Jackson residence on Kennington Avenue following a three-month investigation involving counterfeit state checks.
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Outside-the-Classroom K-12 Spending Balloons Despite Fewer Students and Teachers

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White released a report today which shows outside-the-classroom spending on administration and non-instruction activities has increased in Mississippi over the last decade, despite the fact that the number of K-12 students and classroom teachers has decreased during the same period. If outside-the-classroom spending had remained the same per student for the last decade, Mississippi could have had more than $358 million to dedicate to spending in the classroom—enough for an $11,000 teacher pay raise.
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Former Bookkeeper for Oloh Fire Protection District Arrested for Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Secretary/Treasurer of the Oloh Fire Protection District Jessica Delancey after she was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney Hal Kittrell. At the time of arrest, Delancey was issued a $100,294.59 demand letter which includes interest and investigative costs.
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Auditor’s Office Returned Over $50,000 to Taxpayers Last Month

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced his office returned $52,780.09 to Mississippi taxpayers last month after investigations by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor determined public funds were stolen or misused. A significant amount was recovered from Chris Smith, who was issued a demand letter in January 2019.
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Board Owes Over $500,000 to Property Owners in North Mississippi

TUPELO, Miss. – Today at a press conference State Auditor Shad White announced he has issued demand letters to each current member of the Town Creek Master Water Management District Board of Commissioners for approving unlawful per diem payments to themselves. The total of all demands is $523,388.76 and includes interest and cost of recovery. The names of the commissioners including one deceased individual and the corresponding demand amounts are: Continue Reading

Auditor Uncovers One of the Largest Embezzlement Schemes in Past Decade

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White issued a demand to former Bay Springs City Clerk Randy James for suspected embezzlement. Interest and investigative costs are included in the $325,561.84 demand letter. This case ranks as the ninth largest demand for embezzlement in the last decade in Mississippi.
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Auditor’s Office Returns over $350,000 to Mississippi Taxpayers

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced his office returned over $350,000 to Mississippi taxpayers on Thursday after investigations by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor determined public funds were stolen or misused. Significant amounts were recovered from John Cullen, Mary Washington, and Jerome Wyatt.
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Auditor Issues Embezzlement Demand to Former Mississippi Board of Animal Health Employee

JACKSON, Miss. – Today Special Agents from the Office of State Auditor Shad White delivered a demand for alleged embezzlement to Chris Smith, former Director of Accounting and Finance at the Mississippi Board of Animal Health. The demand is for $33,892.54 and includes interest and investigative costs.
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