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ICYMI: Auditor Pickering Wins National Award

State Auditor was recently chosen to receive the prestigious David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014. Mississippi Transparency: State Auditor Pickering Gets National Accountability Award DENVER, Colo.–The only state official from the entire country to get the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014 was your state auditor, Stacey Pickering. He got the award at a ceremony in Denver during the 20th Biennial Forum of Government Auditors. If you remember hearing News Mississippi report several dozen or so stories about local government workers in Mississippi who have been arrested or forced to pay… Read More

Recognition For The State Auditor’s Office

Mississippi State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering was the only state official from across the country to receive the prestigious David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014. This national award is presented once every two years to three auditors from the public sector accountability community who represent federal, state, and local government. Honored to receive the Excellence in Government Performance & Accountability Award for 2014: http://t.co/wOEvF5nd0o pic.twitter.com/ZaQBhFwGML — Stacey Pickering (@StaceyPickering) August 25, 2014

Shumate Pleads Guilty As DMR Investigation Nears Conclusion

JACKSON- This past Friday, former Department of Marine Resources Director of Coastal Management Programs Sheila Shumate pled guilty to one count of Embezzlement and one count of Fraud by a Public Official. She was sentenced to 12 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 10 years suspended and two to serve. She was also sentenced to four years of probation. Shumate has been ordered to pay $14,091.11 in restitution, which must be paid by Friday. Last year, the Office of the State Auditor issued a demand for $127,608.57 against Shumate and has begun the process of recovery… Read More

Clarion-Ledger: Most extreme embezzlement cases by Miss. public officials

Public officials in Mississippi can find themselves the subject of an audit when they misspend public dollars, whether accidentally or with intent to use those funds for personal gain. Overall, this last fiscal year involved demands by the auditor’s office for some $2.9 million in returned funds. And State Auditor Stacey Pickering pointed out in his report that his office has, so far, recovered $1.5 million in FY14. But that total doesn’t necessarily include demands from the last year. Instead, there are several ongoing cases from previous years where the public official is still paying restitution. here’s a look at… Read More

Protecting The Taxpayers Of Mississippi

Since 2008, the Investigative Division of the Office of the State Auditor has a record of protecting the taxpayers of Mississippi.