Posts Tagged ‘auditor’

Ex-Southaven mayor’s trial concludes; no ruling likely until 2014

SOUTHAVEN — Testimony concluded in a civil lawsuit against former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, but a ruling isn’t likely until next year. The 47-year-old Davis is being sued by Mississippi Auditor Stacey 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 […] [...]

Ex-Southaven mayor’s trial to resume today

SOUTHAVEN — After a five-month recess, the civil trial of former Southaven mayor Greg Davis is set to resume in Hinds County Chancery Court in Jackson. The civil trial centers on Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering’s efforts to recover more than $70,000 the state alleges Davis still owes for questionable personal expenses including trips, shopping and […] [...]

Pickering calls results of school system audits ‘alarming’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of the State Auditor has released the 2012-2013 Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) School Audits Comprehensive Annual Report. During the previous school year, OSA conducted audits in 46 school districts totaling 146 schools across the state. “Each school district is required to submit specific student and personnel information to the […] [...]

Ex-coroner gets demand for nearly $400K; PERS alerted

UNION COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says special agents have served a demand to former Union County coroner Mark Golding in the amount of $398,418.83. The Auditor’s Office began an investigation on Golding May 28 and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.56, to the Union County Board of Supervisors requesting fees for […] [...]

Auditor says schools breaking law with textbook policy

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi school systems are routinely violating a state law that says they have to issue a textbook to every student to take home, the state auditor says. Stacey Pickering said that many districts are only buying enough books for a set to keep in each classroom, which may mean a student can’t […] [...]

Pickering petitioning for change to fee system

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Every year, the Mississippi auditor’s office cites a handful of circuit and chancery clerks for overpaying themselves. Now, as lawyers for Auditor Stacey Pickering and Warren County fight in court with Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, the Republican Pickering says he wants to meet with clerks and county supervisors statewide […] [...]

Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. […] [...]

Schools changing policy after audit finds inaccurate records

HATTIESBURG — A January audit has resulted in administrators making changes in the way they keep records in the Hattiesburg Public School District. The Hattiesburg American reports the state audit was conducted at three schools. The auditor found inaccuracies in the areas of enrollment, attendance, safety and textbook assignments. Superintendent James Bacchus said the audit was […] [...]

Troubled state agency selling boats worth estimated $400K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources will open bids July 16 for two large fishing vessels once owned by a foundation run by the agency’s former director. WLOX-TV in Biloxi reports the vessels are a 36-foot Topaz and a 42-foot Californian. They are docked in Biloxi and are worth an estimated $400,000. A classified […] [...]

Draft audit raises questions about spending at Marine Resources

BILOXI — A draft federal audit questions spending of $30 million of federal money by the embattled Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and others. The draft audit, sent to local and state officials in February questions spending not only by the department, but in Hancock and Harrison counties, reports the Sun Herald. Few issues arose […] [...]

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