Posts Tagged ‘Stacey Pickering’

Pickering to look over Singing River’s finances

PASCAGOULA — The state auditor’s office is going to review the finances of Singing River Health System. State Auditor Stacey Pickering says in a statement that his office was taking up the task at the request of the hospital management company and the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. What that financial review will entail hasn’t […] [...]

Ziegler’s sentencing ends DMR embezzlement case

BILOXI — Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Chief of Staff Joseph Ziegler has been sentenced to three years’ probation. Ziegler was the last of 10 individuals to be sentenced as part of the state and federal investigation into DMR. He was also ordered to pay $184,487.28 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He will […] [...]

Indictment: Prison boss Chris Epps took bribes for contracts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps, who resigned abruptly this week, has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a Rankin County businessman connected to several private prison companies. Epps is accused of receiving more than $700,000 from 2008 to 2014. The 49-count federal indictment, unsealed Thursday in U.S. […] [...]

Corrections Commissioner Epps resigns due to apparent federal investigation

JACKSON — Mississippi’s corrections commissioner suddenly resigned yesterday in the face of an apparent federal investigation. Christopher Epps had led the state prison system for 12 years. Gov Phil Bryant named Deputy Commissioner Richard McCarty as the interim leader of the state prison system until a permanent commissioner is selected. Epps did not return a […] [...]

Auditors find problems with Coast county’s inventory records

PASCAGOULA — State auditors have found Jackson County’s inventory procedures insufficient. In a report released this week, Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office said the county did not have policies and procedures in place to maintain accurate inventory records. The audit is for the year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The audit found the county’s inventory procedures do […] [...]

Pickering lists concerns over Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how […] [...]

Ex-Delta mayor indicted, accused of stealing city property

MOUND BAYOU — Mound Bayou’s former mayor has been indicted on charges that he stole city property and used it in his restaurant. The Bolivar County sheriff’s office said Kennedy Johnson turned himself in Thursday on the three-count embezzlement indictment and is free on $15,000 bond. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned […] [...]

Pickering issues demand to Judge for program mismanagement

JACKSON — Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor’s Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005. “The financial management […] [...]

Federal charges dropped against Shumate after guilty plea

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors, apparently satisfied with a guilty plea in state court, dropped charges yesterday against a former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources manager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Rushing made the filing in federal court in Gulfport to dismiss the indictment on conspiracy and fraud charges, and U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed it, […] [...]

Nurse and daughter of schools’ attorney issued demand for non-work

BRANDON — The Mississippi auditor is demanding that a Rankin County School District nurse repay more than $16,000 for taking days off that were not reported in school leave records. Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a news release that his office issued a civil demand for $16,108 from Melanie Harrell Garner. Pickering says an investigation […] [...]

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