Posts Tagged ‘misappropriation’

Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through […] [...]

Troubled state agency receives audit report from OIG

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has received a copy of the Office of Inspector General’s final audit report. According to an MDMR news release, the state agency is working with federal agencies to resolve the identified concerns issues with grants awarded from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. MDMR said while most issues […] [...]

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 […] [...]

School superintendent terminated after party funds, travel questions

COLUMBUS — City schools superintendent Martha Liddell has been fired. The action came in a 3-2 vote of the Columbus school board. No interim superintendent was named. Controversy has surrounded Liddell after questions were raised about her use of district funds and personnel for a private party and excessive travel. Liddell had said she reimbursed […] [...]

Auditor hands county check for ex-clerk’s theft

CLAY COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering recovered $69,220.76, and presented a check in the amount of $57,512.99, to the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office following an investigation into former Circuit Clerk Bobbie Davis’ misappropriations of public funds. The amount returned represents $49,503.57 in principal costs, $8,009.42 in interest and $11,707.77 in investigative costs. The […] [...]

Coroner resigns as auditor investigates invoices, payments

NEW ALBANY — Union County Coroner Mark Golding has resigned. On Thursday, the State Auditor’s Office confirmed Golding is being investigated for filing false claims and invoices with the county over death investigations and was paid for the claims. A news release says investigators seized a $5,000 check Wednesday from the Union County Chancery Clerk’s […] [...]

County recoups money stolen by former facility manager

CORINTH — The state auditor’s office says an investigation into a former manager of the Crossroads Arena in Corinth has resulted in money returning to that facility. State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office said in a news release the investigation looked into misappropriation of public funds by Reggie Churchwell, the facility’s former manager. Pickering’s office says […] [...]

Audit finds circuit clerk owes more money

VICKSBURG — An unfinished 2012 audit of Warren County says Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree owes the county more than previously thought and supervisors will ask for payback this week. The Vicksburg Post reports the five-member board will meet in special session to demand the clerk repay fees beyond the state-set cap for fee-based public officials. “We’re […] [...]

Mayor’s trial for embezzlement to begin after elections

HERNANDO — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis’ trial for embezzlement and false pretense has been scheduled for Aug. 19, more than two months after local municipal elections. The Commercial Appeal reports prosecutors and the defense agreed to the date. Davis was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury in December. The indictment accuses Davis of embezzlement […] [...]

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