State Auditor Releases Annual Exceptions Report

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Money returned to taxpayers increased by over 350%

JACKSON, Miss. – State Auditor
Shad White’s office returned over $5.6 million to taxpayers last fiscal year.
According to the Audit Exceptions Report for Fiscal Year 2020, released today, the
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor more than tripled the amount of money
it returned to taxpayers compared to last year.

“This
Exceptions Report chronicles a year of hard work by the men and women of the
Office of the State Auditor. We continue to build on the strong foundation I
was handed when I took this job. The investigators, attorneys, accountants, and
staffers of the Office deserve all the credit for this body of work,” said
Auditor White.

State
law requires the Auditor’s office to publish an Exceptions Report every year. An
audit “exception” is a violation of the law or an accounting error resulting in
the misspending of public funds. Not all exceptions listed in the report are
criminal violations.

All
new demands from the last fiscal year and also updates on old, unsettled cases
are included in the report.

“In
addition to the amount of money we’ve recovered for taxpayers, the subjects of
our investigations have been sentenced to hundreds of years of prison time
since I came into office. That tough action will prevent future theft of public
funds,” added White.

The
report – organized by county so taxpayers can easily search for cases near them
– can be found online at the
Auditor’s website
under the “Reports” tab.

Suspected
fraud or misappropriation 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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