State auditor demands $228,000 from former Tishomingo clerk

By Special to the Daily Journal

JACKSON – State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that special agents served former Tishomingo County Chancery Clerk Hayden Ables with a demand for $228,804.46.
Pickering said their investigation determined Ables received payments from the county for services performed and items that he had no statutory authority to be paid for or that were in violation of state law. Alleged losses occurred between January 2004 and December 2007.
Ables, 66, served as chancery clerk of Tishomingo County from 1984 until 2007. Between 2004 and 2007, Ables received $149,445.25 in improper benefits from the county, Pickering claims.
Ables could not be reached for comment immediately after Pickering’s announcement. It’s also unclear if he can challenge the demand.
The state auditor also claims the financial demand represents 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.
Ables is no longer in public office.
The demand for $228,804.46 represents $149,445.25 in principal; $42,558.43 in interest; and $36,800.78 in investigative costs.
The demand was served on July 11.

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