GREENE COUNTY, Miss.--If you're a tax payer in Greene County, you now have $70,000 back in your county's general fund after the state auditor returned the money this week. As with many recent fraud cases, this one had to do with Katrina debris removal.
Auditor Stacey Pickering told News Mississippi that a scheme was hatched involving former supervisor Earnest Holder that involved contracts for debris removal and clean-up. In 2011, Holder was found guilty of bribery and conspiracy. Soon after that the FBI searched his house and found $17,000 in Holder's house.
The next step was a demand letter to get the rest of the money. Pickering said he first returned about $18,000. Then this week the rest of the money was returned.
The funds represent $64,030.72 in principal and $2,146.08 in interest and investigative costs, according to a news release.
“This is a step in the right direction,” said Pickering. “The money returned today should help restore the reputation and the integrity of the taxpayers of Greene County following Hurricane Katrina.”
Holder was removed from his position as a supervisor about a month after his conviction.