Former Tishomingo County chancery clerk said to have received improper payments of almost $150,000

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

IUKA – A former Tishomingo County chancery clerk has been asked to repay more than $225,000 to the county for improper payments received.
A demand served by the state auditor’s office on Hayden Ables in July said the former chancery clerk received payments from the county for services performed that violated state law, according to the Tishomingo County News.
State auditor office spokeswoman Lisa Shoemaker conformed that the department found Ables received $149,445 in improper benefits between 2004 and 2007, his final term of office. Ables, 66, was first elected Tishomingo County chancery clerk in 1984. He lost his bid for re-election in 2007 to Peyton Cummings, who was recently elected to a second term.
In addition to the $149,445 in principal, the total demand from Ables of $228,804 includes $42,558 in interest and $36,801 in investigative costs.
“This demand against Hayden Ables represents a significant amount of taxpayer funds used to pay Ables for services he either didn’t perform for the county or was not authorized to receive payment for performing,” the newspaper quotes State Auditor Stacey Pickering as saying.
Shoemaker said none of the funds had been received in the state auditor’s office Thursday.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com