Monday, December 7, 2015

MDOT employees busted for Fuelman fraud

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following press release:

State Auditor Arrests and Issues Demands Against Former Mississippi Department of Transportation Employees

JACKSON, Miss. – Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office and Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Enforcement arrested former MDOT employees, Clyde Poole, Jr., 28, of Batesville; Connie Shegog, 30, of Batesville; and Torrie Willey, 36, of Batesville, after they were each indicted on one count of embezzlement by a Panola County Grand Jury.
In addition to today’s arrests, Poole was issued a demand in the amount of $1,394.51, Shegog was issued a demand in the amount of $12,751.02, and Willey was issued a demand in the amount of $101.36.
The Auditor’s Office received a complaint from MDOT that there were individuals misusing the Fuelman cards. The investigation shows that Poole and Shegog were using MDOT Fuelman cards to purchase fuel for semi-truck drivers. Often times, Shegog used his Fuelman card to purchase gas for a privately owned semi-truck and then collect cash from the truck’s driver. In addition to purchasing fuel for truck drivers, Poole, Shegog, and Willey used MDOT’s Fuelman cards to purchase fuel for their personal vehicles.
“I would like to thank MDOT for working closely with my office on this case,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “I hope we are beginning to send a strong message, that anyone who misuses taxpayer funds will be held accountable for their actions.”
"MDOT discovered violations involving use of state funds through internal controls and immediately began an investigation that included a report of the incident to the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor," said Melinda McGrath, MDOT executive director. "The Auditor's office, working with MDOT Enforcement, began to build a case based on this report."

"We appreciate the State Auditor and his team, and fully support the actions they are taking in this matter," McGrath said. "MDOT does not tolerate the misuse of taxpayer dollars." 

Shegog and Willey both resigned from MDOT in September, while Poole left before being identified in the investigation.


Anonymous said...

I just had to look up the name 'Shegog'. An image search yielded people who look 'Melungeon', but the name is Welsh/Scottish. Apparently, Mississippi leads the nation in Shegogs, followed by Pennsylvania. Faulkner found the name intriguing, it seems. There was a Shegog family in his fiction.

Anonymous said...

Rowan Oak was built by the Shegog family, before the Civil War.

Anonymous said...

$101.36 Good work Pickering...

Anonymous said...

What was this Shegog guy doing, hanging around truck stops and running up to the drivers?

"Hey! I'll fill up your truck and you can pay me 80% and keep the rest, because I respect the truck driving industry."

Sounds legit.

Looks to me like Willey filled up his pickup twice on his company card. Still illegal, but nothing like what the other two were doing.

Anonymous said...

Some of you need to get a grip on reality. Pickering wasn't going after the guy that stole $101 in gas. That guy got caught up in the theft of fuel that the other two were responsible for. Shegog has probably been in it for awhile.

Pumpin' Ethel said...

Those who commented on Shegog....thanks for your absolutely meaningless contributions to the discussion.

Now, I'm wondering why they are all 'former employees'. Were their job separations related to the investigations?

Anonymous said...

Ethel, ye Great Arbiter of Meaningfulness, I really don't give two dingleberries off a billygoat's butt for your valuations of others' contributions. I, too, wondered, "Whut the hell kinda name is 'Shegog'?". And now I know.

Anonymous said...

$101 is a terrible reason to get fired from a cushy underpaid state job. Those guys will have to get real jobs and work 40 hours a week now.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if they will get time like the Mayor of Terry just got today? Absolutely astounded with the sentence he received. I hear they changed Judges on him when the other one was going to let him plead. The whole Pickering/Terry affair has a strange smell to it.

Anonymous said...

I don't care if its $100 or $100,000, I think its good when even rank and file public employees are reminded that it's taxpayer money they are using for their personal gain (stealing gas is no exception), and they should be punished for it.

Anonymous said...

When do we find out who the mdot employees were who filled up on the way to the ole miss game?

Anonymous said...

@8:18-Pickering should audit the productivity of state employees. He's find that the amount of time they stand around doing nothing costs the taxpayers more than $101

All Gas Matters said...

I agree with 12:45. Although the only difference was that the truck on the way to the Ole Miss game was a State vehicle and these were personal vehicles.....the fact remains all the vehicles were used for personal use, not state use, and were fueled at citizens' expense.

In the Delta said...

A guy was caught pumping Ethel behind the service station and was sentenced 10 years...

Anonymous said...

11:55 A.M., many "young sprouts" will not get it, but your "pumping Ethel" comment was priceless! Good on you!!!

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