Monday, October 4, 2021

Former Sheriff Indicted

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested former Yalobusha County Sheriff William “Lance” Humphreys and former Yalobusha General Hospital employee Katherine Rotenberry Brown after both were indicted for separate crimes. Special Agents delivered a $10,867.30 demand letter to Humphreys and a $100,966.03 demand letter to Brown. Both amounts include interest and investigative expenses.

Humphreys was indicted for embezzlement after allegedly stealing nearly $5,000 from the county’s “Inmate Canteen Account” – funds meant to provide educational and recreational resources to county inmates. The former sheriff is accused of transferring money from the canteen account directly to his own personal bank account. The purported transfers were made in 2018 and reported by a Yalobusha Sheriff’s Office employee who was gathering documents to be audited.

“This is, unfortunately, another case where funds intended to benefit prisoners were stolen,” said Auditor White. “It’s the second arrest we’ve made like this in the last month. We will continue to enforce the law to protect taxpayers and other victims.”

A grand jury also indicted Katherine Brown for embezzlement. She is alleged to have embezzled over $70,000 from Yalobusha General Hospital by issuing and cashing checks addressed to multiple hospital employees. Hospital employees filed a complaint at the Auditor’s office after accounting discrepancies were identified.

“Thank you to the agents who uncovered this fraud from a rural hospital,” White said. “We are dedicated to putting a stop to schemes like this and making sure public money reaches those who should benefit—in this case, patients and hospital employees.”

Humphreys surrendered himself to Special Agents at the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s office, and Brown was arrested at her home in Oxford and transported to the Yalobusha County Detention Center. Bail for both individuals will be set by the court.

Humphreys will face up to 20 years in prison or $5,000 in fines, and Brown faces up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Both cases will be prosecuted by District Attorney John Champion’s office.

A $100,000 surety bond covers the time Humphreys was Yalobusha County Sheriff. No surety bond covers Brown’s employment at Yalobusha General Hospital. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers in the event that public money is misspent. Both Humphreys and Brown will remain liable for the full amounts of their respective demands in addition to individual criminal charges.

Suspected fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the red “Report Fraud” button at or via telephone during normal business hours by calling 1-(800)-321-1275.


Anonymous said...

Can we get past the thank yous, the 'we appreciate the cooperation of' and the 'without the assistance of' and get to some friggin meat?

Anonymous said...

Talk about being a petty thief....

$ 5,000.00 from the inamtes canteen?

What a dumbass.

Book 'em Danno said...

Great job, now head on down to Canton.

Anonymous said...

According to the Shad Report, Kenny Wayne Jones owes the State of MS over 150K. That's an excellent resume to get hired as County Administrator by Hinds County. How STUPID and you get. 1st Degree Stupidity.

Anonymous said...

The $5,000 will be BS. It’s gonna be like $1,500 plus fees. The $1,500 will be explainable. It is going to be like the parole board member he hung on the cross. Commissioner Steve Pickett stood up and made him shut up!

Anonymous said...

"Great job, now head on down to Canton." Yes, Please do.

Kingfish said...

He did. Lynn won't do anything.

Anonymous said...

Why no big fish?

Anonymous said...

442 - wrong. Pickett tried, but then along came PEER and doubled down on White's report.

A full-time employee of the state (as a Parole Board member is) does not get paid travel expenses to and from their residence. The fact that Pickett approved the travel expenses and overnight stays did not make it legal.

And PEER came along and issued their report confirming the mispayments, along with the fact that Pickett wasn't conducting the meetings properly, documenting the votes of the members, etc. Just letting them jot down their opinions and taking the reports to his cubbyhole and issuing a ruling.

Anonymous said...

KF: Show us evidence of an audit or any other kind of visit to Canton that was actionable. You either can't or won't.

Kingfish said...

He has made three separate demands on CMU to repay funds

Anonymous said...

I'll believe Shad is for real when he issues a demand letter to Deppity Pheel!

Anonymous said...

Then why no arrests?

Anonymous said...

Why does everybody protect not only the city of Canton but the Madison County Board of Supervisors. And, yes, MDOC has jump suits that will fit a female board member, a female ex-chief of police and female clerks with check writing authorization.

Anonymous said...

@6:19 - Blackmon&Blackmon. Shadrac isnt equipped to go up against Ready Eddie and Babbs. Erry body scared of Ready Eddie.

Anonymous said...

"I'll believe Shad is for real when he issues a demand letter to Deppity Pheel!"


Anonymous said...

KF: Show us evidence of an audit or any other kind of visit to Canton that was actionable. You either can't or won't.

Get off your whiny ass then and prove KF wrong. You can't and you won't.

Anonymous said...

Busting the pond perch while the larger red ears in Jackson/Hinds keep on stealing the grubs.

Anonymous said...

It never stops-

Anonymous said...

"He has made three separate demands on CMU to repay funds". I agree with 6:04, why no arrests? You'd be surprised what folks will do to stay out of jail/prison.

Anonymous said...

8:52 knows what they talking about. I can attest.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the Sheriff that won by 1 vote in a runoff? And was sued for excessive the time, only Narcotics Deputy Thomas West (Look up his record), was named & multiple John Does, including Water Valley Police Officers.

Once you see the PICTURES, there is NO DOUBT someone is going to pay.

After being taken to Baptist Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford, Logan was rushed to a hospital in Memphis. Moore claimed his client sustained three fractures to his eye and would have “double vision for the rest of his life.”

In a statement to media in June, Humphreys said Logan tried to run after getting out his vehicle and ran toward the officers. He said Logan was tasered and apprehended by the law enforcement officers at the scene but denied that any of them beat Logan.

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