Former Crossroads Arena manager found liable for almost $35,000

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A demand has been made of a former manager of the Crossroads Arena in Corinth to reimburse almost $35,000 that the state auditor’s office has determined is missing from the agency’s funds.
Reggie Churchwell, who left his position as general manager of the Crossroads Arena in August 2009, was sent a demand letter in October 2011 for $34,678 for what was characterized as “missing funds,” said a report issued Thursday by the state auditor’s office.
The fiscal year 2012 Exceptions Report from the state auditor’s office is an accounting required of the state auditor each year that details “all misappropriated or misspent public funds” and actions taken for recovery of those funds, said Lisa Shoemaker, spokeswoman for the state auditor’s office.
An audit “exception” indicates that a violation of the law or an accounting error resulted in public funds being misappropriated or spent incorrectly, the auditor’s statement said. The term also refers to money that must be repaid.
“It is the responsibility of the state auditor’s office to provide accountability and transparency for the taxpayers of Mississippi,” said Auditor Stacey Pickering.
No payments had been received from Churchwell as of Thursday, Shoemaker said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com