THREE OFFICIALS HAVE REPAID MISSPENT FUNDS

CATEGORY: Tippah County

AUTHOR: STAFF

THREE OFFICIALS HAVE REPAID MISSPENT FUNDS

RIPLEY – Three Tippah County officials named in a statewide list of audit exceptions for calendar year 1996 have repaid the misspent funds to the state.

An audit exception is a notice from the state auditors that public monies have been found to be missing or misspent.

The audit exception report released from State Auditor Steve Patterson’s office showed that auditors took an exception against Tippah County Circuit Clerk James Dees due to a misappropriation of $5,985.

Tippah County District 5 Supervisor F.L. (Spud) Rowell was ordered to repay $1,200 for work done on private property, according to the report.

Tippah County Jailer Joyce Mullikin was ordered to repay an exception of $2,781 in unaccounted for funds.

“An audit exception resulting in a demand doesn’t necessarily mean malfeasance in office was committed,” Patterson said. “In some instances it can mean a misinterpretation of the law.”

A total of 76 exceptions were listed in this year’s special audit report, 67 of which have been repaid. A total of $275,939.92 was recovered through the repayment of audit demands.

If repayment is not made within 30 days after the audit demand is issued, the file is sent to the attorney general’s office for litigation. Ten cases listed in this year’s special audit report have been turned over to Attorney General Mike Moore’s office, Patterson said.

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