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Coldwater town clerk charged for fraud

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The former town clerk for the town of Coldwater, Mississippi has been charged for fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 51-year-old George Nangah, now of Cordova, Tennessee, was arrested following a 14-count indictment by a federal grand jury alleging wire fraud.

According to the indictment, Nangah allegedly committed wire fraud through the unauthorized use of a debit card attached to the town’s general fund banking account at local stores for personal use.

Nangah also allegedly used a charge account set up in the town’s name at an electronics store where he would purchase items and gift cards not used or meant for use by the town. He also allegedly provided unauthorized payments to himself on the town’s clearing and general fund bank account. Nangah also allegedly made unauthorized payments to a third party who would then pay a kickback amount to him.

In all, from April 2014 to July 2017, it is alleged that Nangah received approximately $116,000 in cash and property as a result of the scheme.

Nangah made his initial appearance before a judge in Oxford on Tuesday, and he’ll be held pending a detention hearing.

If convicted, Nangah faces up to 20 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

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