News – Shad White



State Auditor report reveals weaknesses in state government’s cyber security

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Cyber security is a hot topic nationally, but what about right here in the state? “Whether you like it or not, your personal information probably lives on a state computer somewhere,” said State Auditor Shad White. State Auditor White’s office sent a cyber security survey to 125 state government offices. “Of

Audit finds ‘alarming business practices,’ credit spending at Hinds County School District

Mississippi Auditor Shad White reported his office discovered “alarming business practices” at the Hinds County School District — including a lack of spending oversight and an assistant superintendent who racked up nearly $50,000 in “improper expenditures.” White’s office said Monday the findings resulted from a routine audit, one of several it is conducting on school districts.

Hazlehurst woman faked daycare enrollment to get $75K in public money, auditor says

The director of a Hazlehurst daycare took advantage of a government program meant to subsidize the cost of daycare for qualified families, bilking the system of more than $75,000, according to the state auditor’s office. Jan Coleman, now the former director of the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church Child Care & Preschool, was indicted on fraud and embezzlement,

Former Stone County Utility Authority Employee Accused of Embezzlement

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) – A former administrative assistant for the Stone County Utility Authority is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from residents paying their utility bills. Shellie Dickens, also known as Shellie Martin, was arrested and issued a $13,492.12 demand letter from the state auditor’s office. That amount includes investigative costs and interest on

Former Nurse at Collins Veterans Home Charged with Embezzlement

COLLINS, Miss. (WJTV) – Special Agents with the State Auditor’s office arrested a former nurse for embezzlement. Brittany Ransom previously worked at the State Veterans Home in Collins. She is accused of submitting fraudulent timesheets to receive compensation for time she was not working. According to agents, Ransom allegedly claimed more than 440 overtime hours

Harrison County assistant tax collector arrested for felony charges of fraud

HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) – Denise Gill, the assistant tax collector for Harrison County, has been arrested for four separate felony charges of false representation to defraud the government. Gill is accused of submitting fraudulent requests for mileage reimbursement for travel in her personal vehicle between August 2017 and April 2018 and submitting false overtime