Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bolton Clerk Busted (Allegedly)

 State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

Today State Auditor Shad White announced Special Agents from his office have arrested Shelia Williams for embezzlement. Williams is accused of embezzling cash payments from the City of Bolton’s water department. She was served with a $35,882.59 demand letter at the time of her arrest.

“Thank you to the investigators who worked this case in my office and the prosecutors who chose to take it,” said State Auditor Shad White. ‘Working together, we will continue to put a stop to misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

Williams faces up to 20 years and $5,000 in fines if convicted. All persons arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A $50,000 surety bond covers Williams’ employment for the City of Bolton. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. Williams will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

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

Kingfish note: The demand letter breaks down the amount owed to the following costs: 

Principal: $18,944

Interest: $7,866

Cost of Recovery: $9,071


Anonymous said...

She wasn't "allegedly" busted. She was in fact busted (arrested). The crime is "alleged."

This is what city clerks do in one-horse towns. They steal for years, because "everyone is doing it."

Anonymous said...

The cost of surety bonds in MS must be getting expensive.

Anonymous said...

Must go back a ways. For a principal of $18,944 to earn $7,866 in interest would take a while.

Anonymous said...

Shad White gets badmouthed for these "small" busts, for which he provides evidence, not prosecution, but little stuff leads to bigger stuff. Dropping food crumbs down between one's back deck leads to rats leads to snakes.

Anonymous said...

Will he never catch a sheriff or supervisor? Surely there is some low hanging fruit in these places. These are the snakes of 10:11.

Anonymous said...

Ben E laughs at the small amount 😄😂

Anonymous said...

While certain parties to the Human Services boondoggle continue to skate around freely........

Anonymous said...

Shad when you gonna catch a fish big enough to keep?

Anonymous said...

There’s a pattern of almost everyone he “busts” having a surety bond to cover the costs. Guaranteed easy money that these people otherwise wouldn’t have. Shad is for sure exploiting the surety bond world and it will
lead to being extremely expensive or even unobtainable to procure in the state of Mississippi. You heard it here first, and it’s coming. He’s found a cash cow and is making hay while the sun shines, for now anyway.

Anonymous said...

10:42 and 10:54: how much money must one take before it's considered stealing?

Anonymous said...

I am in no way trying to say Shelia is innocent, but $18,944 stolen, and $16,937 in interest and Investigation & Recovery costs? Come the f on! Is the City of Bolton investing the funds from the water department? How does one determine interest in a public utility? If you take $100 and put it in a bank account and hold it for 10 years, you still have $100. The value of the dollar may change but the number of dollars does not unless it's invested. I would be very curious to know how that works. It's not the state's money to invest either. Also, the Investigaton costs? Hard to get to $9,071 investigative costs unless you are counting the hours used for salaried employees and $.50 per page paper copies. I would love to see how this is actually calculated.

That's like police departments charging $25 for each copy of a police report even if it's sent electronically....but that's a whole other racket that needs "investigating". I bet Shad won't touch that scam. Who owns the online portal for Police Reports? KF, can you look into this? They are making $25-$100+ per accident because now they wont let involved parties exchange insurance information so one or both parties are forced to purchase an accident report to figure out who hit them or who they hit. 110% racket! Sorry for that tangent.

Anonymous said...

12:24 government always takes more money than they should, breaks as many promises as they can, and they make sure the citizenry is under the thumb. But as bad as I hate that, the petty thieves are the only ones to go after.
Every member of Congress gets rich - ever wonder how they do that on a salary? They vote for foreign aid all the time, and they get kickbacks to foreign bank accounts (from grateful countries) that are untraceable. So while the fat cats steal with impunity, the small fish get fried. That's just how it's done.

Anonymous said...

So how about clawbacks from the casinos which probably some of the cash went to????

Anonymous said...

Great job Shad. Now grow some balls and breakup the syndicate in Rankin Co.

Anonymous said...

Shad really loves rounding up and arresting these old ladies in the sticks. Not man enough to go anywhere near the metro

Anonymous said...

@2:46 PM If they go after the casinos, then they would also have to go after Kroger, Target, Walmart...

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