Ex-coroner asked to repay thousands after state audit

Union County Stock ImageBy 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 Employment 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 auditors 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.

Golding didn’t return calls Thursday afternoon.

jb.clark@journalinc.com