GREENVILLE, Miss.- State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented Greenville Mayor John Cox and other city leaders with a check in the amount of $70,000 today.
This money was recovered following the investigation into former Greenville Parks and Recreation Director Yvette Yeager.
The money was received from bond coverage that the City of Greenville had on Yeager. Additionally, the court ordered her to make restitution payments of $2,000 per month beginning February 1, 2015.
“I am pleased that we are able to return this money to the taxpayers of Greenville, and that Ms. Yeager is being held responsible for her actions,” Auditor Pickering said.
“The City of Greenville wishes to express its appreciation to our State Auditor, Stacey Pickering, as well as the District Attorney of Washington County, Dwayne Richardson, and their respective staffs for their cooperation and successful investigation and prosecution of embezzlement charges against Yvette Yeager,” Mayor Cox added. “On behalf of our City Council and Park Commission, I sincerely thank our State Auditor and District Attorney for their hard work on behalf of the City of Greenville.”
Over a five year period from October 2007 through September 2012, Yeager embezzled $85,155.65 from the City of Greenville. As the Parks Commission Director, Yeager was responsible for receiving and depositing revenue generated by Parks and Recreation. This included Greenville’s public golf course where she recorded approximately 182 fraudulent receipts for cash and checks.
Yvette pled guilty to one count of embezzlement and has been sentenced to ten years in the custody of the Department of Correction. Her sentence will be carried out as follows: two years in the intensive supervised probation and eight years suspended with five years’ supervised probation.