State auditor ends probe of Mississippi police department

July 14, 2018

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A state auditor has ended an investigation of a Mississippi Police Department accused of misusing taxpayer money.

WLOX-TV reported Friday that state investigators closed the case after determining taxpayer money wasn’t in a special fund created by then-Police Chief Art McClung. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports records show the benefit fund was used to pay for visits to nail spas, retail shops and more. Misuse allegations surfaced in 2016 after McClung resigned.

The Sun Herald reports that a city attorney in 2016, Amy St. Pé, said the account wasn’t authorized by the city and its purpose and founder were unknown. Auditors determined only private donors, such as churches, were putting money in the fund. Mayor Mario King recommends those private donors pursue legal action on their own.

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