Miss. auditor to locate hurricane fraud unit offices in Hattiesburg, Biloxi

BILOXI (AP) State Auditor Phil Bryant announced Friday that he will locate his hurricane fraud unit in offices in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.

Bryant and Gov. Haley Barbour had said in April that the auditor had set up a unit that will target fraud cases related to housing grants. No location was announced at that time.

Bryant said investigators will look into complaints about fraudulent applications and shoddy work by contractors in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties.

“From the point where these tax dollars enter the system until they are paid to the builder, we will be there to assure protection for the citizens,” Bryant said Friday.

Bryant plans to hire 10 law enforcement officers for the unit. Five to six of them will work out of the Hattiesburg branch office and the rest will work out of a Biloxi office.