- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The Alcorn County purchasing clerk has been arrested on a complaint filed by the state auditor’s office.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering tells WTVA-TV (https://bit.ly/1rkNwmf ) that investigators with his office arrested 54-year-old William Paul Rhodes Thursday morning. He faces a charge of obstruction of justice and is being held on a $10,000 bond. It’s unknown if Rhodes has an attorney.

Pickering says representatives from his office spent Tuesday in the offices of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors going through files and computer records, serving multiple search warrants. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/Wg1Mzn ) reports an affidavit indicates Rhodes photographed auditor’s files and shared them with Supervisor Jimmy Nelms sometime between Dec. 10 and July 3. Pickering talked to supervisors Thursday evening.

The auditor’s has been investigating Nelms since December.


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