Posts Tagged ‘conflict of interest’

Man resigns from job, takes pay cut to be alderman

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven alderman-elect Randy Belcher has decided to resign as a deputy sheriff and stay with his elected position. Belcher was elected alderman in May. He is to take office July 1. According to state law, Belcher could not simultaneously serve in two branches of government. The alderman’s post is considered legislative and the […] [...]

Ethics Commission: GOP lawmakers can vote on Medicaid

JACKSON — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has cleared the way for six Republican lawmakers to vote on Medicaid issues. The lawmakers sought ethics guidance because they have potential financial conflicts. The commission vote today was 5-3. The Republican votes could be important if Gov. Phil Bryant calls lawmakers into session later this month to keep […] [...]

Ex-DMR board member asked Trust to buy land from boss’ son

by Associated Press Published: February 25,2013

Tags: acquire, acquisition, board, buy, conflict of interest, investigation, land, law, legal, loan, property, purchase, sale, sell, state agncy, sweetheart deal, trust

BILOXI — The head of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain says a board member employed by the state Department of Marine Resources asked the trust if it would buy land from her boss’ son, if the department provided some money. The proposal came from Tina Shumate, who resigned early in February as […] [...]

Ladners to be sentenced for Katrina-related kickbacks

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager and his wife and brothers are scheduled for sentencing today in the Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Prosecutors say Roger Ladner was given the authority to award millions of dollars in ditch-cleaning contracts after Katrina. Some allegedly went to his relatives with a portion of […] [...]

Report shows potential conflict of interest at DMR

by Associated Press Published: December 10,2012

Tags: boat, conflict of interest, director, marine, state agency, waters

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has spent more than $1.4 million in public money on two recreational fishing boats leased from a foundation managed by the agency’s director. The Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation supplies DMR with a 36-foot Topaz open fisherman and a 42-foot Californian convertible. Paid for […] [...]

Lawmaker appealing Commission’s order to repay $346K

BRANDON — A Rankin County lawmaker is appealing a state Ethics Commission order to repay $346,000 from public printing contracts that went to his family business. Rep. Kevin McGee, a Republican from Brandon, owns Service Printers of Flowood along with family members. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Ethics Commission last month ruled there is “clear and […] [...]

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