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Aberdeen mayor arrested, charged with embezzling city funds

The mayor of Aberdeen has been arrested and charged with five counts of embezzlement after the state auditor’s office claimed he deposited city funds in his personal bank account. Mayor Maurice Howard (Photo: State Auditor’s Office) According to Logan Reeves with the State Auditor’s Office, Mayor Maurice Howard was arrested by special agents Wednesday night and

Smith County clerks arrested for embezzling over $20K each in separate cases

SMITH COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) – Special Agents from State Auditor Shad White’s office have arrested two former public employees in Smith County after concluding separate investigations. Helen Bounds, former Town Clerk of Raleigh, was presented with a demand letter worth $48,339.25 when she was arrested for embezzlement. Justin Middleton, former solid waste clerk for the

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