State auditor returns $92k to Tishomingo County

March 22, 2013 in Statewide News

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON – The Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors received a $92,000 check this week from state auditor Stacey Pickering following an investigation into a former chancery clerk’s misappropriation of funds

State Auditor Stacey Pickering (second from left) presents a check for $92,583.71 to the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors. From (l to r) Danny Ryan, Third District Supervisor; Pickering; Brandon Grissom, First District Supervisor; Nicky McRae, Second District Supervisor; Steve Thorne, Fourth District Supervisor; Greg Collier, Fifth District Supervisor; and Trent Kelly, District Attorney. (Photo courtesy of the state auditor's office)

The Auditor’s Office found that former chancery clerk Hayden Ables used his position as Chancery Clerk to obtain personal benefit for services he did not perform.

Ables submitted false documentation to the Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors to receive improper payments in violation of the laws of the State of Mississippi, and he did not reimburse the county in a timely manner regarding his employees’ payroll and failed to remit the proper amounts. He received extra compensation in excess amounts approved by the Board of Supervisors, and he falsified board minutes to receive pay.

“This case serves as another example in which the State Auditor’s Office has worked to expose the misuse of taxpayers’ money, and I hope the check returned today will aid

in rebuilding the county’s future,” Pickering said.

The funds Pickering returned totaled $92,583.71.