According to U.S. News & World Report, a former coroner for a south Mississippi county was indicted in late March on several charges, including embezzlement. In addition, the former Hancock County Coroner also faces three counts of false representations to defraud the government and one count of alteration of records, according to the State Auditor, Shad White.
To put this in perspective, in Mississippi, coroners are paid fees based on the services that they perform. In this case, the former Hancock County Coroner is alleged to have submitted and altered invoices to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors between February and March of 2021. As a result of this alleged fraud, he was paid $13,000 in public funds. His certification as a coroner was suspended in March of 2021, and he resigned from his post in July of 2021, claiming it was because of his recent cancer diagnosis.
What is Embezzlement?