Monday, June 22, 2015

Alcorn County Sheriff arrested. Fraud ring busted.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

Sheriff Rinehart
State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today the arrest of Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart, Teddy Null and Pamela Denise Null, Owners of Cars for Less, following a 10 count indictment each for fraud and conspiracy by an Alcorn County Grand Jury.

The Auditor’s investigation uncovered the Sheriff’s Department had purchased six cars from Cars for Less over the past three years. Fraudulent quotes representing other vendors were created by Teddy Null and Pamela Denise Null to ensure Cars for Less was the lowest quote. The quotes were submitted by Sheriff Rinehart to the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors as competitive quotes for vehicle purchases as well as for trade in and sale transactions.

The State Auditor’s investigation indicates that the six vehicles purchased from Cars for Less were
Denise Null
salvaged vehicles at the time of purchase and were rebuilt with potentially stolen parts prior to being sold to the County. The Nulls did not disclose the condition of several vehicles purchased during the bid or sale process. MBI participated in the raid last week with the State Auditor’s Office and is currently analyzing the six vehicles to determine if stolen parts were used on the vehicles sold to Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office.

“Based on our investigation, Sheriff Rinehart used his position to manipulate the system,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “Teddy Null and Pamela Denise Null conspired with the Sheriff to ensure their company received the Sheriff’s business, while not disclosing the condition of all the salvage vehicles to the County. In addition, our investigation has uncovered questions relating to the business operations at Cars for Less in Alcorn County. The behavior of the Sheriff and this vendor is deplorable and will not be tolerated.”

“I want to thank District Attorney John Weddle and his staff for their partnership in bringing this case to an Alcorn County Grand Jury,” Auditor Pickering said. “I appreciate the District Attorney’s serious commitment to fighting public corruption in Mississippi.”

Teddy Null
Weddle said today that “Alcorn County citizens deserve fair and honest public officials they elect to office. They should expect their officials to have good judgment in dealing with vendors. This indictment is another step forward in protecting the people of this district from fraudulent practices. We appreciate the hard work of State Auditor Stacey Pickering and his staff for their continuing work in Alcorn County and this case.”

In addition to today’s arrest, Sheriff Rinehart was issued an unrelated civil demand on June 18, 2015, in the amount of $181,161.93, for funds misappropriated by his department relating to The Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility Technology Fund, The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Commissary Account, and The Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility.

Sheriff Reinhart was first elected in 2008. He is not seeking re-election this year.


Anonymous said...

As the ole' hill country motto goes: a chicken for every pot and a car for every pond.

Anonymous said...

So when is someone gonna protect the citizens of Hinds County?

Anonymous said...

He doesn't look to concerned in his mug shot, looks like he is having a good time.

Anonymous said...

13, I bet that is the only number Stacey Pickering can think about right now.

Johnny Wadd said...

I live in Corinth and this is only gonna get bigger. There was 5 indicted earlier this year, including our county purchase clerk and 2nd district supervisor, for submitting false bills to the county. It's so big that Pickering rented an old real estate office where his team can dig through all of it. Expect more to come. I do have to say that Charley Rinehart is the last person that I thought would do something like this.

Anonymous said...

Not often you see a sheriff arrested. Pickering deserves credit for this.

Anonymous said...

At least Epps went big and got a house or two out the bargain. This idiot was taking kick backs for fake bids on cars. The average rate the state pays for a taurus or impala is about $20k. With six cars, this guy was probably on the take for $10-15K. I hope he enjoys jail.

Tip said...

10:23; Since you cannot SEE it, can you SPELL iceberg?

Anonymous said...

$4 million blown on Airwave, the Hinds County public safety radio system is only sporadically operational, JPD+JFD has been forced to migrate to their emergency backup system plus cellphones and all the while Auditor Pickersham has done NOTHING.

Vote Mary Hawkins Butler!

Anonymous said...

Think of the work we could get out of Pickering if he had to stand for reelection every year.

Anonymous said...

Stacey Pickering is a piss poor excuse of an auditor. He allowed his "dear friends and family" down on the Coast to "get out of jail free" and take the Taxpayers' money with you that you stold.

It is my opinion that he cares not for any of the people of this State and he only does what he has to to ensure re-election.
The real Christians have his number and he won't get their votes because they have seen what he does - hide the evidence and ignore orders from sitting Judges because his arrogance ensures him that he has the last word.

All you Bible thumpers that call yourselves Christians in the Delta and Pine belt had better reconsider. You have a wolf in sheeps' clothing in the auditors' office and you are the cause of him being there. You had better study up on the people he has targeted and the ones that he has turned a blind eye too. This state has been robbed blind under his watch and he only "acts" when he can get a great photo op on some poor secretary or state worker, etc.

The man in this article must not have had anything to offer him to help him get reelected, or else he would be given big breaks like the thugs on the Coast including the Walkers and McKays, to name only a few. Vote him out!!

Anonymous said...

All of his current deputies and ex deputies need to be investigated as well. A lot of them are throwing money around like it grows on trees. Everyone knows you can't do what they are on a cops salary.

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