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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 in Jackson County, the third ...

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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 Auditor’s Office, which began its ...

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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 Office as evidence. State Auditor ...

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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 Churchwell misappropriated public funds from ...

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Mayoral candidate wants to talk to auditor about boat trips

OCEAN SPRINGS — Jackson County Supervisor John McKay says the deep-sea fishing trips he took in 2012 with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are now an issue in his race for mayor of Ocean Springs. McKay, a Republican, tells The Sun Herald he wants to talk to State Auditor Stacey Pickering about the trips. The fishing trips surfaced during ...

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Governor signs anti-corruption bill, auditor pleased

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering is applauding a new law that he says will help fight government corruption. Gov. Bryant approved Senate Bill 2625 and it is now law with an effective date of July 1. In a release, Pickering’s office wrote: “Under this important anti-corruption legislation, an individual who has been convicted or pled guilty to stealing public ...

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Circuit clerk's pay issue results in lawsuit, countersuit

VICKSBURG — Trading one debt in the circuit clerk’s office to pay off another in time for Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree to win a third term was a big deal to her in 2011. So much so, that it was written in a letter to state auditors agreeing to the swap. “Pursuant to our phone conversation, I want to again ...

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Auditor meets with Foundation over agency-owned boats

BILOXI — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has met with Mississippi Department of Marine Resource Foundation board members concerning boats owned by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The board agreed to meet within the next seven to 10 days to discuss transferring ownership of two boats that were being leased from the DMR Foundation by DMR. Total taxpayers assets ...

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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 that he had the authority ...

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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 to the Tishomingo County Board ...

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