According to Pickering, the state auditor's office has recovered more than $19 million on behalf of the taxpayers of Mississippi and they will continue to hold those who steal from taxpayers accountable.
Wandra Wade, 44, of Bolivar County was required to pay an investigative expense of $336.60 for claiming an improper reimbursement in the amount of $417.60—she voided the check and was only required to pay the investigative expense.
"It was probably one of those situations where she was being reimbursed for travel expenses but she did not travel in her own vehicle. She has already paid the investigative fee," said Communications Director for the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor Brett Kittredge.
Wade was held personally liable for the investigative fees.
She chose to void this compensation prior to negotiating the check.
Wade indicated her desire to reimburse the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.
Public monies have also been returned as a result of the following investigations: George Collins, 61, of Franklin County, fraud; Burnell Harris, 59, of Jefferson County, misappropriation of funds; Rita Collette Ivy, 37, of Prentiss County, embezzlement; Melanie Nobles, 43, of Perry County, missing funds; Nedra Pittman, 41, of Washington County, embezzlement; Wandra Wade, 44, of Bolivar County, embezzlement; and Jerry Wilson, 53, of Lincoln County, work on private property.
The Investigative Division of the Mississippi of the State Auditor is responsible for the investigation of alleged or suspected violations of Mississippi law, including fraud and embezzlement, by public officials related to the purchase, sale or use of any supplies, services, equipment or other public property.
The office is widely regarded as the definitive authority in matters pertaining to the use of public funds, and the recommendations offered by its auditors and other expert personnel are readily adhered to and respected throughout the state.
The employees of the Department of Audit are mindful of the grave responsibility of upholding the public trust and strive to maintain the level of competence expected of them by virtue of their positions.
For more information about the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor visit /www.osa.ms.gov.