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Auditor seeks repayment of missing money raised by Carthage High students

Investigators in the State Auditor’s Office are demanding a repayment of $52,340 from Gena Quick Scott,  a former office manager of Carthage High School who was caretaker of the money  raised by school groups.

Investigators are unsure where the money went. They do know, however, that the cash never made it to the bank the high school, which is now Leake Central High School, set up for the funds..

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said his office received a complaint in 2011 from the Leake County School District that funds raised from school clubs, sporting events and concessions were not being deposited.

“Hard work goes into raising funds from extracurricular activities at schools,” Pickering said. “Ms. Scott was personally responsible for making sure the money was properly deposited; she did not, which makes her civilly liable to replace the funds.”

Scott, 49, worked as office manager of the school for 17 years.

Prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to get a criminal indictment against Scott.  The grand jury concluded evidence presented did not meet the threshold for criminal charges, said Brett Kittredge, spokesman for the Auditor’s Office.

“We don’t know what happened to the money,” said Brett Kittredge, spokesman for the Auditor’s Office.

“She was responsible for it, it came up missing, and that is why the civil demand was issued.”


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