Auditor’s Office Returns Over $160,000 to Taxpayers in July

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JACKSON, Miss. – Today State
Auditor Shad White announced his office returned over $160,000 to Mississippi
taxpayers last month after previous investigations by the Mississippi Office of
the State Auditor determined public funds were stolen or misused. Significant
amounts were recovered from demands to William “Bill” Walker and George Nangah.

  • Bill Walker is the former executive director of the
    Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and was issued a demand for
    over $360,000 in November 2013. After pleading guilty to embezzlement and
    serving time in federal prison, Walker remains liable for over $350,000.
  • George Nangah is the former city clerk for Coldwater
    in Tate County. He was arrested and issued a demand letter worth over $300,000
    in October 2018 after being indicted on multiple charges. The Auditor’s office
    has recovered $50,000 in this case, leaving Nangah owing over $250,000 to local
    taxpayers.

“It’s
a good day when you can return money to the taxpayers. My office has now
returned over $1.5 million to taxpayers in the last year since I’ve been in
office,” said White. “Returning money is what motivates me and the other 130
people who come to work every day in the auditor’s office. I’m grateful for
their work on behalf of Mississippi’s hard-working families.”

Since
July 2018, State Auditor Shad White has issued demands worth approximately $4.6
million in stolen or misspent public money on behalf of Mississippi taxpayers.
Once recovered by the Auditor’s office, the money is returned to the agencies,
counties, municipalities, or other government entities from which it came.

Fraud
and embezzlement can be reported to the Office of the State Auditor 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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