Wednesday, November 15, 2017

President of School Resource Officer group charged with embezzling over $150,000

State Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the following statement. 


Auditor’s Office Arrests Former Biloxi School District Resource Officer

JACKSON, Miss. – On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, special agents from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor (OSA) arrested former Biloxi School District Police Chief, Paul Gordon Cannette of Ocean Springs, after he was indicted on one count of embezzlement by a Harrison County grand jury.  Cannette was issued a demand of $244,819.78, which includes the amount embezzled, interest, and recovery costs.

Cannette embezzled over $150,000 from the Mississippi Association of School Resource Officers (MASRO) while simultaneously serving as president and treasurer of the organization, which violated the by-laws of that organization. MASRO receives public funds from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) through the Mississippi Community Oriented Policing in Schools (MCOPS) grant.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering, when speaking about this case said: “This is another instance of an individual violating the trust of a community by embezzlement. This offence is a particularly egregious because the stolen funds should have gone toward providing safety to our schoolchildren. My office will continue the fight to recover misspent and, in this case, stolen money on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers.”

Cannette has since resigned from his position as Chief of Police for the Gulfport School District and offices held within MASRO. He was jailed under $50,000 bond.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Our constitution says that Cannette is innocent until proven guilty. Everyone please take a deep breath and withhold judgement until all of the facts are out.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the person writing this release should read the top line before writing the last line.
He did not work for Gufpot schools so go read your release again

Anonymous said...

A school district chief of police?? Does JPS know about this? I bet they could move some good tax payer $$$ to their cousins, brothers, wives, buddies etc. if they could put this office in place in order to spend some more Admin money.

Four Stars On The Shoulders.. said...

I knew colleges had chiefs of police. One of our most recent Jackson Chief's of Police in a starched white shirt who rarely appeared in public held hat position at J-State. Did not know high schools had such a position.

Where is that woman now? Is she available for recycling or is she resting happily with her PERS check?

Anonymous said...

Good Lord.....who's minding the store in this state? It seems we need an omnibus order of immunity and legal protection for anyone to even come forward to actually PREVENT the theft/graft/corruption before it even happens, and that is so rampant is sickening.

Anonymous said...

"Our constitution says that Cannette is innocent until proven guilty..."

Actually our constitution does not say that. It's not codified in the US Constitution. It may be common law, adopted via England, but it is not stated in the Constitution.

Nor does The Constitution give you a right to free speech that allows you to call your boss an asshole. But, you can always try that one with the government worker who takes your claim for unemployment insurance.

Anonymous said...

You can call your boss an asshole, as long as he/she doesn’t hear it.

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