Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Former Jones Supe Convicted of Embezzlement

State Bean Counter Shad White issued the following statement yesterday.

Today State Auditor Shad White announced former Jones County Supervisor Jerome Wyatt has been convicted of embezzlement in Judge Dal Williamson’s chamber of Jones County Circuit Court. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Anthony J. Buckley.

Wyatt was arrested by Special Agents from the State Auditor’s office in October 2018 after being indicted. He used “The Gentlemen’s Club” – a Laurel Middle School mentoring program he founded – to embezzle nearly $2,000 from children in Jones County schools by submitting fraudulent reimbursement requests. Wyatt also embezzled public money by taking cash when he directed a county-owned vehicle to a metal scrap yard outside Jones County.


“This plea should send a message to elected officials and others around the state that no one has the right to steal taxpayer money,” said Auditor White. “I want to thank investigators in the Auditor’s office for their work in proving this case and making the arrest, and I want to thank the prosecutors in District Attorney Buckley’s office and DA Buckley for their work in obtaining this felony plea.”

Judge Williamson sentenced Wyatt to spend at least 5 years under the supervision of the department of corrections and complete 200 hours of community service. The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor has already recovered the full amount of the demand issued to Wyatt when he was arrested and returned it to Jones County taxpayers.


Wyatt was not reelected as a County Supervisor in Fall 2019, but he will not be eligible to hold any future public office after this felony conviction.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at 1-(800)-321-1275.



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

it never stops-

Anonymous said...

I hope I don't have an outstanding library book or Shad may come looking for me.

Anonymous said...

It was 2000 which the man had already repaid. Seems to me Jones county resources would be better spend if they worked this hard to convict murderers, rather than elected county officials they don't like. I seem to remember not so long ago a young lady turned up dead in a garage under mysterious circumstances and the da and the judge seemed to represent the accused instead of the victim. He was found not guilty in a sham of a trial the prosecutors barely participated in. Sure wish shad would have dug his claws into that case. There is no such thing as justice in Jones county. Just witch hunts if they don't like you and protection from even murder charges if they do.

Al Capone said...

Shad White is a regular Elliot Ness. Go get them Shad.

Anonymous said...

...He heard someone say, that it was "The Free State" of Jones.....

Anonymous said...

Pickering should be totally embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

Who names anything "The Gentleman's Club" besides those in the business of artist nude dancing?

Anonymous said...

doesn’t five years sound a little harsh for misspending a couple grand? I feel like people get sentenced to way less time for a much worse crime all the time. I bet most every high ranking government employee in the USA has misspent a couple grand.... at least.

Anonymous said...

It's disrespectful to refer to the only auditor who has ever done the job as a 'bean counter'. He's not counting beans, by the way; He's arresting criminals.

Anonymous said...

I agree 6:17AM, it’s not beans he is counting it’s tax dollars that we paid in. In other words it’s our money that he stole. The amount is not relevant. He was convicted of the crime of theft of public funds. We should be thanking Shad for doing the job he was elected for instead of criticizing him for doing it.

Anonymous said...

@1:36 Reverend Pickering was well aware of the rampant fraud in MS. He just wanted to have a cushy job and chase that pension.

Anonymous said...

"Reverend Pickering was well aware of the rampant fraud in MS. He just wanted to have a cushy job and chase that pension"

Plus he was scared to death of Rudy's connections.

Anonymous said...

@10:49 - you do realize, don’t you that he only repaid the money AFTER he was caught and ORDERED to repay it, right? And you do realize, I HOPE, that, ONLY because he repaid it, he got probation instead of jail time. As for it being “only” $2000, that “only” because he was caught sooner rather than later. Criminals don’t get time-off credit for the crime fighting efforts of law enforcement when those efforts result in faster discovery of their crimes.

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