Repayment demanded from former Alcorn official

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Former Alcorn County Supervisor Danny Crotts was asked to repay the county about $159,000 for misusing county funds, according to the state auditor’s office.
An investigation that began soon after Crotts was defeated in his re-election bid in 2007 revealed numerous instances in which county funds or property were misappropriated and converted to personal benefit, work was done on private property or equipment was missing, State Auditor Stacy Pickering told county supervisors Friday.
“We’re confident we’ll get back a majority of that money to you,” Pickering said.
The $159,099 amount includes interest and investigative costs and is due from Crotts or the bonding company. If no payment is received in 30 days, the auditor can file suit to recover the money.
Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Crotts said he hadn’t received the demand letter, but his attorney would be handling it and he might be prepared to make a statement later.
Crotts served as District 2 supervisor from 1991 to 2007, and the investigation shows the losses occurred between April 2002 and January 2008.
District 2 Supervisor Jeff Patterson conducted an inventory of his district soon after taking office in early 2008. He requested an audit after finding that he did not have the equipment that the inventory showed should have been there, and the district’s fund balance was lower than he thought it should be.
In late 2008 Crotts paid a demand from the state auditor for $1,387.57 as repayment for the depreciated value of 23 items originally valued at about $12,000.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.