Auditor’s Office Returns $150,000, Cases Lead to Four Convictions in June

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JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor Shad
White announced the Auditor’s office concluded four cases with guilty verdicts for
embezzlement and returned nearly $150,000 to taxpayers last month.

George
Nangah was convicted of embezzlement in Judge Jimmy McClure’s chambers of Tate
County Circuit Court. Nangah was arrested and charged with federal and state
crimes in October 2018 after he embezzled over $200,000 from the Town of
Coldwater. Nangah will have spent 8 years in federal and state prisons and up
to 12 years on probation after his sentences are completed. Both federal and
state judges ordered Nangah to repay the money he stole from the Town of
Coldwater.

Kappi
Allen was convicted of embezzlement in the Coahoma Circuit Court chambers of
Judge Albert B. Smith, III. Allen was arrested in June 2019 after she stole
over $90,000 from Coahoma County taxpayers. Judge Smith ordered her to spend 1
year on house arrest and up to 14 years on probation. Allen must also return
the money she embezzled. She will not be able to handle public money again.

Stacy
Frazier and Joseph Edney were convicted of embezzlement in Union and Bolivar
County Circuit Courts, respectively. Frazier will spend up to five years on
probation, and Edney will spend up to seven years on probation. Both were
ordered to repay all the money they stole, and neither will be eligible to
handle public money again.

In
addition to these cases, the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor recovered
and returned over $140,000 to the city, county, or state agency where it was
stolen. Over $17,000 was returned to Harrison County as part of a demand issued
to Denise Gill. The Auditor’s office collected the entire amount of the demand
issued to Herb Brewer and returned it to the Town of Walls in DeSoto County.
Additionally, nearly $12,000 was recovered from William “Bill” Walker and Joe
Ziegler and returned to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

“The
Auditor’s office continues to work hard every day to protect your money. The
early part of this year was marked by our large case at the Department of Human
Services, but all government officials need to know we are watching, even if
you don’t work at a big state agency, and our cases this month prove that,”
said White.

Suspected
fraud can be reported to the Auditor’s office online any time by clicking the
red button at www.osa.ms.gov or via telephone during normal business hours at
1-(800)-321-1275.

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