Posts Tagged ‘misappropriation’

Troubled state agency receives audit report from OIG

by MBJ Staff Published: July 2,2013

Tags: boat, federal government, grant, marine, misappropriation, resouces, seashore, state agency

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

by Associated Press Published: June 24,2013

Tags: audit, auditing, auditor, boat, boater, boating, grant, gulf, marine, misappropriation, ocean, sale, sell, state agency, water, watercraft

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

by Associated Press Published: June 24,2013

Tags: audit, auditor, draft audit, federal government, fund, grant, misappropriation, state agency

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

by Associated Press Published: June 7,2013

Tags: audit, auditing, auditor, coroner, county, county government, death, misappropriation, state agency, state government

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

by Associated Press Published: April 16,2013

Tags: city government, court, embezzlement, embezzler, law, legal, mayor, misappropriation, trial

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 […] [...]

Mayor’s request to have repayment reduced is denied

SOUTHAVEN — A Hinds County judge has denied a request from Southaven Mayor Greg Davis to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. WMCTV in Memphis reports Davis’ argues that his reimbursements followed state law and he had the authority to approve his city travel. […] [...]

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