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State Auditor’s Office: Money Going Back to Counties

JACKSON, Miss.–The State Auditor’s Office handed checks back to two counties this week for misappropriated money.

State Auditor Stacy Pickering was in Clay County Wednesday and presented a check in the amount of $57,512.99 for money that was misspent by former Circuit Clerk Bobbie Davis.

“The State Auditor’s Office began investigating this case in 2003,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  “I hope this recovery sends the message that the Auditor’s Office will pursue all avenues, civil and criminal, to protect the taxpayers, regardless of how long it takes.”

It the release from their office is says some of the money was used by Davis to put a down payment on a car.

Also this week, Clay County received a check in the amount $25,277.23 for money Pickering said was misappropriated at the Crossroads Arena by former manager Reggie Churchwell.

“The money returned restores funds that the Crossroads Arena can use to recover from its loss,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  “Our Special Agents will continue to do their job on behalf of the taxpayers of Mississippi to ensure that those in managerial positions are held to the highest level of accountability.”

The State Auditor’s Office was extremely busy this last week and one Union County Coroner has resigned after an investigation into fraudulent practices.

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