Former Union County coroner gets 4 years on bogus death investigation claims

September 24, 2013

Legal Affairs

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mark Golding knows where the bodies are buried but is going to jail anyway.

Golding, former Union County coroner, received a 4-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud by a public official.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said an investigation of Golding found he submitted false claims totaling $276,591 to the Union County Board of Supervisors. Golding requested fees and was paid for deaths he did not investigate. O

Golding will be required to pay restitution of $363,484 to the Union County General Fund and $34,933 to the State Auditor’s Office.

He will also forfeit all interest in his Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) account and his retirement will be frozen until further notice by the court.



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