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3 On Your Side Investigates: Cooking the Books

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Despite investigating public officials in twenty-two counties and demanding $5 million of your tax dollars be paid back in 2019, State Auditor Shad White believes his investigators are winning the fight against corruption in the Magnolia State. At the same time, he encourages the public to keep an eye on who

Former Hancock Co. court clerk sentenced to 20 years for embezzlement

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) – 42-year-old Dana Sue Beaman of Bay St. Louis was sentenced to 20 years on two counts of embezzlement by public employee last week. Judge Roger Clark sentenced Beaman to 20 years, but 14 years were suspended leaving Beaman with 6 years to serve followed by five years of post-release supervision.

Time to consolidate backroom functions in government

Imagine running your own company. Would you want each division of your company to have its own human resources person? And its own employee to handle payroll? And its own procurement officer? And its own budget manager? That would mean one set of administrative employees for the sales team, one for the customer service team,

State Auditor’s report reveals Mississippi’s school spending habits

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Mississippi State Auditor Shad White is on round two of looking at school spending. April’s report revealed enough that he says it warranted a closer look. “Money was going at an increasing rate to administrative costs at a faster clip than it was going inside the classroom,” explained White. The first

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