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Former Hancock County coroner indicted on multiple fraud charges

James Faulk
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Former Hancock County Coroner James Faulk has been indicted on multiple charges.

Faulk is facing charges on one count of embezzlement, three counts of false representations to defraud the government, and one count of alteration of records. The former coroner has also been issued a demand letter totaling $22,031.26.

In Mississippi, coroners are paid fees based on the services they perform. Faulk is alleged to have submitted and altered fraudulent invoices to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors between February and March of 2021.

As a result of this alleged fraud, Faulk was paid $13,005.04 in public funds.

“My office will continue to take a zero-tolerance policy to misuse of public funds, regardless of whether the case is big or small,” State Auditor Shad White said. “Thank you to the investigators for their hard work on this case.”

A $50,000 surety bond covers Faulk’s employment as the Hancock County Coroner. Surety bonds are similar to insurance designed to protect taxpayers from corruption.

Faulk will remain liable for the full amount of the demand in addition to criminal proceedings.

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