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Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. Ashley-Palmertree and her attorneys “have ...

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Schools changing policy after audit finds inaccurate records

HATTIESBURG — A January audit has resulted in administrators making changes in the way they keep records in the Hattiesburg Public School District. The Hattiesburg American reports the state audit was conducted at three schools. The auditor found inaccuracies in the areas of enrollment, attendance, safety and textbook assignments. Superintendent James Bacchus said the audit was welcomed by the district as ...

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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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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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