Auditor’s Office Arrests Three in Jones County

JACKSON, Miss. – Today Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office arrested Jones County District 5 Road Foreman Roland Graham and Larry Barnes. Graham was indicted for fraud or embezzlement and conspiracy to defraud the state, and Barnes was indicted for conspiracy to defraud the state, by a grand jury assembled by District Attorney Anthony Buckley. Demand letters worth a total of $14,442.18 were delivered at the time of the arrest. The total demand amount includes interest and the cost of the investigation.   
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Auditor’s Office Returns $150,000, Cases Lead to Four Convictions in June

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced the Auditor’s office concluded four cases with guilty verdicts for embezzlement and returned nearly $150,000 to taxpayers last month.
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Charles Woods is New Chief of Staff at Auditor’s Office

JACKSON, Miss. – Shad White announced today Charles Woods has been appointed as his Chief of Staff at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.
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Audit Shows Office of Dropout Prevention was Defunct, Changed How Graduation Rate Was Calculated to Improve Stats

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) failed to maintain an Office of Dropout Prevention (ODP) for the last 10 years as required by state law. Additionally, lawmakers told MDE to increase the graduation rate from 61% in 2006 to 85% by 2019, and MDE met this goal in part by changing how it calculates the graduation rate. State Auditor Shad White announced these findings and more in a performance audit released today.
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Report Shows Education Pay Raises Prioritized Administrative Staff

JACKSON, Miss. – Classroom teachers in Mississippi were given smaller dollar-amount pay raises, on average, than superintendents, deputy superintendents, and assistant principals from FY 2013 to 2016 according to a report released today by State Auditor Shad White.
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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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