Tuesday, August 14, 2018

State Auditor Issues Report of Exceptions

State Auditor Shad White released the annual report of exceptions.   The report shows the misappropriations of public funds that took place in Mississippi over the last year.  Mr. White said his office issued 43 formal demands and recovered nearly $3 Million on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers. Posted below are some of the bigger cases mentioned in the report. 


* $181,161, Alcorn County Sheriff Charles Rinehart: (p.12)
* $70,392, Gunnison Town Clerk Marquita Payne (p.13).
* $109,263, West Bolivar County School Superintendent & Board (p.13)
* $157,385 Mississippi Military Dept., Youth Facility Dining Manager Jerry Howard (p.16)
* $422,914 Hattiesburg Tourism Commission (p.16)
* $197,408 Former Hancock County Deputy Justice Court Clerk Dana Beaman (p.17)
* $50,000 Gulfport Public School Contractor (p.17)
* $244,819, Former Chief of Police for Biloxi Schools (p.18)
* $51,319 Ms. Dept. of Health Inspector James Walker (p.19)
* $151,559 Former Leake County Circuit Clerk Kathleen Henderson (p.26)
* $188,532 Former Potts Camp City Clerk Paula Marshall (p.29) Does Potts Camp have that much money to actually embezzle?
* $101,957 Former Oktibbeha County Chancery Clerk Monica Banks (Deceased) (p.30)
* $333,150 Former Pontotoc Ecru Clerk Gretchin Moody (p.35)
*$62,646 Former Pontotoc County School District Bookkeepr Dianne Barefield (p.36)
* $238,345 Former Pearl Clerk Kathy Dennis (p.37)
* $421,668 Town of Pelahatchie (Everyone) (p.37)
* $80,684 Town of Pelahatchie Mayor Aldermen, Former City Clerk, and the dogcatcher (p.37)
* $223,455 Former Waynseboro Water Girl Gloria Cooley (p.42)
* $92,943,780 Stion failure to repay state loan (p.46)
* $106,140 Tchula Clerk Annie Mae horton (p.46)
* $1,2 million to Viking for failure to meet employment requirements.  Loan repaid. (p.47)
 * $82,079 Marshall County Chancery Clerk Chuck Thomas (p.48)
* $6.55 million, Greentech, failure to repay loan (p.49)


Only demands made in the last 18 months are included in the list posted above.





18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two exceptions sort of stand out among the rest:

$92,943,780 Stion failure to repay state loan (p.46)
$6.55 million, Greentech, failure to repay loan

Nearly $100 million down the toilet.

Anonymous said...

I know Cathy Dennis of Pearl was convicted but not familiar with any of the other names. I do wonder what percentage of this money is in the 'expected to recover' column.

Anonymous said...

It's noted these demands were made in the past eighteen months and the most honorable young Mr. White was appointed by the High-Governor six weeks ago. Then there's that.

Anonymous said...

A million here, a million there, and pretty soon we are talking about real money.

Unknown said...

Odds on actual collection of the exception on the former Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk? That is some ink you will never get back.

Anonymous said...

Them gubmint jobs sure pay well, especially if one has sticky fingers.

Louis LeFleur said...

Anon. 10:12 - the ghost of Everett Dirksen.

Louis LeFleur said...

Upon further review... Everett Dirksen didn't actually say that, thought he "quote" is often sited as such. He did say "a billion here, a billion there..." on numerous occasions, but never the other part. He did, however, have another quote I ran across in my research that I like a LOT better: "I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times."

Anonymous said...


I am truly shocked by the theft occuring in our state. This is shameful.

One bright spot is the surrendering of PERS accounts. Good punishment.

There are not enough checks and balances in place. Just imagine the people that didn't get caught.

Anonymous said...

Interesting- payment in lump sum from the perpetrators' PERS accounts. Is that the notional balance of the PERS account? Or is that the actual balance of what the perpetrator and their employer have actually contributed + earnings? Based on the substantial underfunded status of PERS, there would be a big difference between those two - 39% based on the latest data.

Anonymous said...

Also missing, $2.5 million for a quarter mile stretch of road connecting Potato Ridge to the Dogwood Chick-Fil-A.

Anonymous said...

"Exceptions" is the new embezzlement.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous Louis LeFleur said...Upon further review... Everett Dirksen didn't actually say that..."

I could have sworn it was either Andy Rooney or Robin Williams.

Anonymous said...

Hattiesburg Tourism Commission in at $422,000?

Hattiesburg Patriot will have a microphone in somebody's face before you can say Kenneth Fairley.

Anonymous said...

How can a company owe $6.55 million to the state without someone on the inside? Could Greentech be one of the goldmines promised to us by the Whaley Barbour? If he was involved then he should pay it back too....

Anonymous said...

The great state of misssip shouldn't ever ever e v e r be in the loan making business to private for profit (ha) upstart companies. politics all the way down the line with poor taxpayer monies...

Anonymous said...

5:46 Greentech and Stion were both under Barbour.

Dee Ray said...

Is a sitting or ex-governor enjoying some sort of immunity from prosecution in these matters? Seriously. Asking for a friend.

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