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Judge orders former Southaven mayor to pay $73K

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was ordered Tuesday to repay $73,000 for misusing city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing.

Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that Davis is liable for the full amount sought by State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

“This investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed to protecting the taxpayers of Southaven during this time,” Pickering said in a statement.

The trial in the matter concluded last October.

Davis has argued he did nothing wrong and all his expenses were legitimate and approved by the Board of Aldermen throughout the case that has dragged on since 2011.

Davis was sued by Pickering for allegedly misusing more than $170,000 in city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Davis has repaid $96,000 but still owes Southaven taxpayers $73,915, including interest and penalties.

The judge also ruled that Davis must pay $15,240 in interest and $13,571 in investigative costs.

Davis served as mayor for 16 years until losing his re-election bid last June.

His trial on unrelated embezzlement charges is set to begin June 9 in DeSoto County Circuit Court.

Davis is accused in a 2012 indictment charging him with embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in the vehicle, a 2007 Ford Expedition, even though he was getting a monthly mileage check.

He also faces a count of false pretense involving a $1,000 check he received from the city for a donation intended for the Bully Bloc, a political action committee at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. Investigators say the PAC never received the donation.

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