Posts Tagged ‘misappropriation’

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 […] [...]

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. […] [...]

Mayor wants amount state says he must repay reduced

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. The Commercial Appeal reports Davis is scheduled to be in chancery court in Jackson tomorrow. Davis argues his reimbursements followed state law. He says contends […] [...]

Auditor returns nearly $100K to county following investigation

IUKA — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $92,583.71 to the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors following an investigation into former Chancery Clerk Hayden Ables’ misappropriation of public funds. The Auditor’s Office found that Ables used his position as chancery clerk to obtain personal benefit for services he did not perform. Ables submitted false documentation […] [...]

After failed negotiations, circuit clerk’s paycheck garnished

VICKSBURG — Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree will not get a paycheck until she pays back money the state auditor’s office and the board of supervisors say is owed dating back to 2006. The Vicksburg Post reports supervisors acted this week after talks with Ashley-Palmertree and her attorney failed to reach a resolution. The […] [...]

DMR criminal investigation includes charter boat trips

BILOXI — About $80,000 in charter boat trips are now part of a criminal investigation of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, an official has told The Sun Herald. Invoices and letters provided by the DMR indicate the trips were to sample fish for research about artificial reefs, even though the department owns a $389,000 […] [...]

Mayor’s civil trial continued, but judge urging settlement

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ civil trial in Jackson has been continued until May, but there are discussions that the judge in the case has urged both sides to settle the matter before then. At the end of yesterday’s hearing, The Commercial Appeal reports a Hinds County chancellor called attorneys for both sides into his […] [...]

DMR employee’s house searched; pols give back money

BILOXI — Investigators have searched the home of Tina Shumate, coastal management and planning director at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. David Huggins, who heads the Investigative Audit Division of the State Auditor’s Office, tells The Sun Herald a search warrant was served at Shumate’s home Tuesday. Huggins would not release any details about […] [...]

Mayor’s embezzlement trial set for April

SOUTHAVEN — An April trial date has been set for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, who is accused of embezzlement and false pretense. A DeSoto County grand jury indicted Davis last month. The Commercial Appeal reports the three-count indictment accuses the 46-year-old Davis of embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using […] [...]

Cemetery owner gets four years for mishandling trusts

BOONEVILLE — Cemetery owner Wayne Hight of Booneville has been sentenced to serve four years in prison for failing to properly fund pre-need burial trusts. Assistant District Attorney Richard Bowen tells The Daily Corinthian reports Hight also was ordered to pay restitution of more than $500,000. Bowen said Hight, 74, pleaded guilty Friday in Alcorn […] [...]

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