Auditor Makes Arrest and Issues Demand Letter in Jones County

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Larry Barnes and presented a $4,788.89 demand letter to Roland Graham in Jones County. The demand amount includes investigative costs and interest.
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Auditor Arrests Woman Accused of Stealing from Needy Schoolchildren

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Carol Jackson in Sunflower County after she was indicted for fraud. She was issued a $109,124.59 demand letter upon her arrest. The demand amount includes interest and investigative expenses.
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Auditor Releases Annual Exceptions Report

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced in today’s Audit Exceptions Report for Fiscal Year 2021 that his office identified nearly 400% more stolen and misspent taxpayer money last year than it did the year before. This comes in addition to the $55.5 million a pharmacy benefit management company has agreed to pay the state after being investigated by the Auditor’s office. The State Auditor’s office also returned nearly $900,000 to taxpayers during the last fiscal year.
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Audit of Federal Money in Mississippi Released by State Auditor

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced the release of the yearly Single Audit of federal funds flowing through Mississippi state agencies this week. While many of the audit findings repeat previous findings from years of audits past, they also provide additional details about spending at some agencies, like the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.
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Auditor White Appoints New Leadership in Investigations Division

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White announced today that he has named Larry Ware as the new Director of Investigations and Debi Cox as the new Deputy Director of Investigations at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.
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Former Mayor of Moss Point, Wife Sentenced in Federal Court for Committing Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White made the following statement after Mario and Natasha King were sentenced in federal court for committing fraud:
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New Superseding Federal Indictments of Nancy New and Zachary New

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad White made the following statement after new superseding federal indictments of Nancy New and Zachary New was unsealed:
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Brittany Ransom is Guilty of Fraud

JACKSON, Miss. –Today State Auditor Shad White announced Brittany Ransom has been convicted of fraud in Covington County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Chris Hennis’s office in Judge Stanley Sorey’s court chambers. The guilty plea and sentencing were recorded last week.
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Auditor White Releases Yearly Audit of State Agencies

Audit shows overwhelmed unemployment agency, other issues

JACKSON, Miss. – Over $117 million in improper unemployment payments were made by Mississippi’s Department of Employment Security (MDES) last year and during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. This finding and several others – including new fraud-related findings at the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) when it was under previous leadership – were released today in the latest annual audit issued by State Auditor Shad White’s office.
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AG Lynn Fitch, Auditor Shad White Announce $55.5 Million Settlement with Centene

Company pledges transparency reforms to protect taxpayers

Attorney General Lynn Fitch and Auditor Shad White reached a $55.5-million settlement with Centene, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the United States. The settlement resolves allegations of overpayments as a part of Mississippi’s Medicaid program.

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