Auditor demands $398,000 from Golding

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

JACKSON – Former Union County Coroner Mark Golding is being asked to repay $398,418.83 after the Mississippi State Auditor’s Office found he submitted false claims in the amount of $276,591.56 to the Union County Board of Supervisors.

The State Auditor’s Office issued the civil demand Thursday after an investigation showed the false claims requested fees for deaths Golding didn’t work, according to a press release from the auditor’s office.

In addition to the fees, the false claims inflated Golding’s future benefits through the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System.

Golding resigned as coroner June 6, 2013, and his retirement account was frozen for 90 days by a Union County Circuit Court order issued Aug. 29. A spokesperson for the auditor’s office said the investigation began after a routine audit.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said during the 90-day freeze, his office plans to work with PERS to reduce the inappropriate benefits.

Efforts by the Daily Journal to contact Golding on Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.

jb.clark@journalinc.com