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Assistant tax collector put on leave days after arrest

An assistant tax collector indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government has been placed on administrative leave.

News outlets report Harrison County Tax Collector David LaRosa says 53-year-old Denise Renee Gill had her last day at work Wednesday.

The Sun Herald reports Gill was arrested July 15 and briefly returned to work at the tax collector’s office in Gulfport after bonding out of jail. LaRosa says Gill will remain on leave until the case is resolved.

WLOX-TV reports Gill is accused of receiving reimbursements for travel in her personal vehicle and submitting false overtime work.

Mississippi State Auditor Shad White has demanded she pay the county back more than $19,800.

It’s unclear whether Gill had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

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