Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Former Tax Collector Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement. 

Today State Auditor Shad White announced that Brittney Phillips, a former clerk at the Rankin County Tax Collector’s Office, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement. Phillips was arrested in November of 2023.

Phillips is guilty of embezzling cash from the Rankin County Tax Collector’s Office by not registering car tags and taking the cash payments. Phillips was served with a $36,583.47 demand at the time of her arrest.

“I’m grateful for the work of the Rankin County Tax Collector for turning this case over, the investigators, and the prosecutors who worked together to bring this case to a close,” said State Auditor Shad White. “By working together with other offices, my team has recovered more money for the taxpayers in the last five years than any other five-year period.” 

Phillips was prosecuted by the Rankin County District Attorney’s Office. Phillips was sentenced to 10 years, six years suspended, four years to serve and five years of supervised probation.

A $50,000 surety bond covered Phillips’ employment at the Rankin County Tax Collector’s Office. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption. 

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.


Clay Edwards said...

We arrested her for stealing roughly $40,000
Her theft was insured
Now she'll spend 4 years in prison and cost us what, $25,000 per year?
Would it not make more sense to make her work with an angle bracelet on and garnish her wages for X amount of time?

Anonymous said...

It never stops-

Kingfish said...

25% crime, stupidhead

Wild Eyes said...

After looking at her mug shot I am positive that drugs have never been a part of her life.

Honk for the Mayor! said...

Guess we'll be seeing her on the Lakeland Drive landscaping crew... they do a great job!

Anonymous said...

First of many in Rankin county. Now prosecute the former police chief from Pearl and the former mayor of Richland. The investigation was done by Kingfish and CJ LeMaster and served to Shad on a silver platter. The criminal organization of elected officials in Rankin County who are working together to line the pockets with taxpayer dollars should keep Shad and his investigators busy for a while.

Anonymous said...

Should we just automatically assume anyone handling money is stealing? It seems as if someone is caught stealing nearly every day.

Anonymous said...

Despite KF's snarky comment to Clay Edwards, Edwards is right.

Garnish her money, pay the state back and save the prison money for dangerous thugs. We imprison far too many non-violent criminals.

Anonymous said...

3:11 and 5:38: How is garnishing wages to pay back what someone stole a deterrent to crime? It doesn’t cost the criminal anything. They are only paying back what they stole. They will keep doing it again and again.

Anonymous said...

3:23, it may have been some Rankin County Romeo - not drugs - which led this young woman astray. Those fellas over there, are good at extracting money from those who find them attractive.

Come to think of it, they're like something Flannery O'Connor would write a short story about. 'The Life You Save May Be Your Own', comes to mind.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of theft at the tag office, anyone want to expound on how they can charge sales tax at 5% each time a vehicle changes hands? Buy it new from dealership, 5%, I sell it to a private individual at 30k miles, 5% sales tax. They sell it again, 5%. That person sells it again, 5%. That’s literally highway robbery. They can collect taxes on over $100,000 for the same vehicle that was sold for $60,000 brand new.

Also, in Rankin County and I’m sure others, why the hell in 2024 do we have to keep the paper copy of the tag receipt if we sell a vehicle and get a credit for our tag? If we lose the paper copy they say they can’t honor the tag credit. Again, it’s 2024, either give us the money back and quit making interest off of it, or keep the credit electronically. Maybe Shad needs to look into the tax collectors office as well. These two scenarios are total BS! Maybe her buddy can work changes into this next legislative session versus squatted trucks. Might be a little awkward at the breakfast, grip ‘n grin though.

Anonymous said...

For all of you who post here "Whur's Shad on this?" "Wh'ain't Shad a-lookin' into this here whuchucaw "graft"?", notice the last paragraph:

"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."

Anonymous said...

Shad still hasn't done anything with the Itawamba supervisor busted for working on private property. The former tax collector did some stupid things and Mississippi Today needs to look into some coverup with a deputy sheriff drunk having a wreck that broke a girls back. Misappropriation of their covid money is a drop in the bucket. I know that's a FED thing but there is work to do up there. That hammer will fall soon.

Anonymous said...

Rankin county in the 1950s and 1960s was known as a gambling Mecca with law enforcement heavily involved with pay offs and kick backs. Apparently the latest Rankin county scheme is forcing “payments” for non existent crimes, particularly for black drivers, and hispanics with Texas plates.

Anonymous said...

Attn 5 38 PM. Garnish her wages, that is a great idea. Who in the hell do you think has hired this thief and is paying her wages? Maybe you can hire her and help facilitate repayment for this scheme! By the way, where did you get your post graduate degree?

Anonymous said...

100% and the money still goes to the same person!

Macy said...

I like "It never stops" guy. He's not wrong.

Anonymous said...

Guess we'll be seeing her on the Lakeland Drive landscaping crew... they do a great job!

May 29, 2024 at 3:49 PM

I Love Watching Young People Preparing For Their Future...

Anonymous said...

3:11 pm, but wish it only cost $25,000 per year. It’s about $40,000 not counting individual healthcare costs.

Anonymous said...

So by Clay Edwards standard if the victim of theft has insurance it’s no big deal. Sounds like thief logic to these old ears. It’s your fault because you have insurance. If it costs to incarcerate then the state should just avoid the expense. This is the exact logic that placed Hinds County in its current situation. If folks want to know how Jackson got where it is today just listen to words of Jackson’s greatest advocate

Anonymous said...

Healthcare costs? There is VERY little healthcare offered to inmates, even when there's a medical issue. No dental cleanings, no checkups, only a nurse who rarely refers an inmate to a doctor.

Even prescription medications are often denied due to being a "controlled substance". If it's prescribed, it's needed.

Anonymous said...

A reminder that ol' Shad seems to prefer the low hanging fruit of small time public servants while ignoring high level public officials.

Don Drane said...

Clay Edwards: How can you claim to know what her sentence will be? And if you're right, since when do we equate the cost of a sentence with the serving of justice?

Why don't you spend your time railing about the number of years we continue to feed and house (during endless appeals) those sentence to death?
By the way, she was a clerk, not a Tax Collector as the headline states. Which raises the question of why these offices do not have any internal control auditing mechanisms in place. They are all (including every water department) ripe for theft.

Anonymous said...

Shad is a self centered publicity hog who goes after the small timne stuff and will not touch his political buddies. Also puts out mis;eading information about school districts which he knows is deceiptful misinformation. He does not care as he is just another political hack.Paints himself as having integrity while not having the political courage to go after those who misguide millions of dollars. I am extremely conservative but when you research his actions and inactions carefully you realize his true motivation is to further his political career, not " doing the right thing "

Anonymous said...

I always thought that the State Auditor WAS the "internal control auditing mechanism in place" who can audit anything they think needs auditing.

Sorry KF, but as long as you accept daily advertising dollars from Shad White, you have a conflict of interest.

Anonymous said...

"I always thought that the State Auditor WAS the "internal control auditing mechanism in place" who can audit anything they think needs auditing. "

KF has quoted the legal language referring to this topic on several occasions. If you are too dumb to understand the plain language maybe you should seek assistance for qualified legal explanations if you need to breath, etc......

Anonymous said...

It seems like every time a government clerk steals money, the elected official charged with managing said clerk gets a pass. I am not suggesting they have criminal charges brought against them. But, it seems like nobody ever brings up the fact that a properly managed employee should not be able to steal that much. It's like they turn over full authority to a minion and then go to coffee club and the nail parlor.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 5:38...Prison is for criminals, genius, not just violent criminals. Maybe Clay Edwards can vouch for her and guarantee the judge that she will be his employee in charge of donations to keep his gig afloat.

A sentence carries heavy weight and hopefully a heavy message to the criminal AND others.

Don Drane said...


I didn't read carefully enough earlier to know she HAS been sentenced to serve four years.

But, I still want to know from Mr. Edwards, "..since when do we equate the cost of a sentence with the serving of justice?"

Regardless of cost, when you break the laws of society, you often go to jail.

Anonymous said...

I guess people here don't know it costs over $75,000 annually to incarcerate a prisoner in Mississippi.

The costs are far greater than "three hots and a cot"

Anonymous said...

In 1:49's alternate universe there are no repeat offenders. Most prisons are Crime Universities where non-violent criminals become violent and crooks exchange and hatch new ideas.

I'm all for Bible studies in prison but most prisoners aren't in Bible studies, they are in "Criminal Studies".

We have the largest prison population in the world and the crime rate keeps increasing. This system ain't working. Drop the hammer on the violent thugs and try to keep the non-violent crooks from getting worse. Areas where non-violent criminals are put to work with wages garnished have been successful. At least the people who have been wronged are getting some money back. Bidenflation makes life hard enough without garnishment.

If you geniuses have better ideas, fire away. But I'm tired of paying high taxes to pay a butt-load of money to incarcerate non-violent prisoners in a system that doesn't work.

Anonymous said...

Vast majority of taxes do not go to incarceration. In this state vast majority of taxes goes to pay education and Medicaid. Look it up corrections is a tiny part of the budget. Nationally the military, social security and Medicare make the majority of the budget.

We do not incarcerate more people than anyone else-that is a lie pushed by the Soros funded McCarthy Justice Institute. Big lie and a few questions begin to unravel the lie that has been repeated over and over again.

Wake up so called conservative blog. Criminals belong in prison. There is nothing wrong with diverting non-violent first offenders. But stop the costs of incarceration arguments. The cost of theft and crime loss in this country is one of the single largest expenses we incur. Stop excusing criminal behavior with cost arguments or at least go look up the actual costs yourself.

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