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Repayment demands in Neshoba overtime pay scheme exceed $1 million

Former Neshoba County Administrator Benjie Coats is the latest fired Neshoba official the Mississippi’s State Auditor’s Office has ordered to repay money relating to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out in an alleged overtime pay scheme. Coats and three other former county officials have been indicted in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bill the county for more ...

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Bassfield mayor, fire chief, other town officials avoid prison for equipment fraud

PEARL, Mississippi – A half-dozen leaders of Bassfield – including the mayor, current and former fire chiefs, city clerk and a police officer – have escaped prison sentences for using the State of Mississippi’s Surplus Property yard as a personal outdoor recreational equipment and sporting goods store. They used money from the treasury of the tiny Southwest Mississippi town of ...

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one of the more troubling findings, ...

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Bassfield's former mayor, fire chief, 2 other former town workers jailed

JACKSON, Mississippi — The former mayor, ex fire chief and two other former employees of tiny Bassfield – population 254 – landed in jail Friday on embezzlement charges. State Auditor Stacey Pickering said the arrests resulted from an investigation into the conversion of surplus property into personal use. Taken into custody after indictments charging embezzlement and conspiracy to commit embezzlement ...

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Pickering: Union County deaths went uninvestigated while coroner hauled in huge sums

JACKSON, Mississippi – State Auditor Stacy Pickering has ordered former Union County coroner Mark Golding to pay the state $398,418 for work he never performed. Pickering says $278,591 of the total is in false claims Golding submitted to Union County supervisors for deaths he did not investigate. The Auditor’s Office says it began an investigation on Golding on May 28 ...

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