Friday, August 12, 2022

Jones Employee Convicted of Embezzlement

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Roland Graham pleaded guilty to embezzlement and conspiracy charges in Jones County earlier this week. A guilty plea and sentencing order for his co-conspirator, Larry Barnes, were recorded earlier this year in January. Both cases were prosecuted by the Jones County District Attorney’s office in Judge Dal Williamson’s courtroom.

Graham is a former Jones County Road Department foreman. Special Agents from the Auditor’s office arrested him in July 2020. Graham used Jones County equipment and personnel to perform demolition work for a private contractor. Graham also directed disposal fees from the demolition work be billed to Jones County.

“We will continue to ensure that taxpayer resources are only used for the benefit of the taxpayer,” said Auditor White. “Thank you to the investigators and prosecutors who worked this case diligently.”

Judge Williamson sentenced Graham to eight years in the custody of MDOC.  Due to Graham’s status as a habitual offender, he will serve 30 months of the sentence day for day in prison, and the remaining time will be spent in post-release supervision.  Graham was also ordered to pay full restitution, a $3,000 fine, and all court costs associated with the embezzlement and conspiracy charges. Graham also pleaded guilty and was sentenced for an additional, unrelated criminal charge during his appearance in court this week.

The State Auditor’s office has already recovered $14,139.90 in this case. That money has been returned to the appropriate deserving entities.

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



Shad appears to be deep into little numbers said...

Lemme guess...his wife didn't share dresses with any important politician's wives?

Not to church, nor photo opportunities or non-profit galas?

Anonymous said...

“We will continue to ensure that taxpayer resources are only used for the benefit of the taxpayer,” said Auditor White.

Except of course if it involves a Republican, wrestler, football player, or the University of Southern Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Tater and Phil are on deck.

Anonymous said...

.00002 percent of the welfare 70 million plus stolen dollars.

Anonymous said...

Another small town hick that shrimp Shad takes down but completely ignores Phil.

Anonymous said...

if this graham guy pled guilty as a habitual offender that means he had at lest 2 prior felony convictions.
whats a guy with 2 prior felony convictions doing with a good paying and all benefits county job???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Anonymous said...

6:22 my reaction also, torn aa believe in giving a person once sentence served A clean start. Do not understand the sentence, how it was reported. Assume 30 months day for day, no earned credit, then then 85% earned credit for the remaining time? Or is it 3 months and out. Lack any clue on how score sheets for past crimes are applied. Why I am here, to learn. Small crime and easy to be caught, not smart.

Anonymous said...

Haven't there been reports/speculation that Bryant is a target and the News are providing evidence against him? The biggest culprit can be the last charged while underlings are made to spill the beans on him.

Anonymous said...

“Thank you to the investigators and prosecutors who worked this case diligently.”

Shad could be saying this about Phil, etc. but for some reason he chose to say, "We don't get to choose who we prosecute." Because apparently, you do...

Shad, if you don't understand how bad this looks, it is YOU who is truly the idiot - not the Mississippians you supposedly work for.

Anonymous said...

Is it that freakin hard to be honest!!! WTH.

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