The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office showed more than 400% of taxpayers’ money stolen or wasted in fiscal 2021 than in fiscal 2020.
In the Auditor’s Office Audit Exception Report for Fiscal Year 2021, they found nearly 400% more taxpayer dollars stolen or wasted in that year than the previous year. This is in addition to the $ 55.5 million that a pharmaceutical benefits management company agreed to pay the state after being investigated by the Auditor’s office.
The report also showed that the Auditor’s office returned nearly $ 900,000 to taxpayers during the last fiscal year.
“I want to thank the investigators and auditors for their tireless work this year,” said Auditor White. “Every ounce of work credit you read in this report goes to them.”
State law requires the Auditor’s office to publish the Report of Exceptions annually. This describes any violation of the law or accounting errors that resulted in the misuse of public dollars.
Not all of the exceptions listed in the report are criminal offenses.
According to the report, the Investigations Law Enforcement Division issued forty-one formal complaints totaling $ 2,529,685.78 and recovered embezzled or embezzled funds totaling $ 881,810.50.
The Performance Audit Division assisted in raising funds totaling $ 87,781.43. These collections involved overdue judicial appraisal fees for the municipalities and have been received and confirmed by the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) for submission to the State Treasury.
The report includes all new lawsuits issued in the last fiscal year and updates on old unsolved cases. The 2021 Exceptions Report is organized by county so taxpayers can easily search for cases near them and can be found online on the Auditor’s website under the “Reports” tab.
Suspected fraud or misappropriation can be reported to the Auditor’s office online at any time by clicking the red button at www.osa.ms.gov or by phone during normal business hours at 1- (800) -321-1275.