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Graham reaches out-of-court settlement in training-pay case

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that an out-of-court settlement has been agreed to with Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham involving litigation concerning Graham’s conducting training while employed by the Jackson Police Department. As part of the settlement, Graham will transfer 91 days of his accumulated unused uncompensated personal and major medical leave to the city of Jackson from ...

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Pickering returns funds to city, fire department

BATESVILLE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has returned $30,000 in recovered funds to two agencies in Panola County. The city of Sardis received $21,204 following the investigation of former city clerk Odessa Johnson. Pickering says Johnson embezzled $28,033 from the city from January 2006 through April 2009. In 2012, she was sentenced to nearly three years in prison and five ...

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Pickering praises passage of new auditing legislation

JACKSON — Legislation allowing the State Auditor’s Office to conduct compliance and performance audits on state-funded economic development bond programs has unanimously passed both the House of Representatives and Senate. It is now on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has supported the need for such legislation since his service as state auditor, according to the Office of State ...

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Palmertree blocked from using public funds for legal defense

VICKSBURG — Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne Thomas has ordered Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Palmertree to no longer use taxpayer money to pay for her attorneys’ fees, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Thomas opined that he believes the action before the court is a personal action by Palmertree and not an action in the fulfillment of her ...

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Ex-town clerk pleads guilty to grand larceny

ANGUILLA — Manika Kelly, a former clerk for the town of Anguilla, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand larceny, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Kelly, 35, embezzled $107,444.67 from the town of Anguilla over a five-year period from October 2006 through November 2011. On Sept. 18, 2012, the Auditor’s Office issued a demand in the amount ...

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Delta alderman arrested for forging check

BELZONI — According to State Auditor Stacey Pickering, special agents from the Auditor’s Office have arrested Belzoni Alderman Charles Thurman. Thurman has been indicted on one count of uttering forgery by a Humphreys County Grand Jury. Thurman is accused of hiring an unlicensed contractor, George Schroeder, to perform work at City Hall. Following completion of the work, a $4,500 check ...

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Pickering unable to certify education program calculation

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says is unable to certify the accuracy of the FY 2015 final estimate calculation of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Members of the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) were notified. “I am unable to certify the MAEP calculation again this year because the data used by the Department of Education ...

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Ex-court clerk pleads guilty to embezzlement

PRENTISS — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports Gail Williams, former Municipal Court clerk for the Town of Prentiss, has pled guilty to embezzling $89,620.27. Williams, 59, was sentenced to five years with two years to be served under house arrest and three years suspended. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $79,620.27, which is $10,000 less ...

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County prosecuting attorney arrested for diverting pretrial money

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports Aaron Russell, the prosecuting attorney for Pearl River County, has been indicted on one count of altering public records and one count of committing fraud by a public official. Russell, 50, is accused of setting up and executing an unauthorized pretrial diversion program in which he accepted money from defendants in ...

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Ex-economic developer indicted for embezzlement

WIGGINS — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports Jay Paul Gumm, former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, has been indicted on one count of felony embezzlement. He was served the indictment by OSA special agents and Stone County deputies Monday. Gumm was previously arrested on Aug. 16, 2013, for embezzlement. As executive director, Gumm embezzled over $24,000, ...

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