- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Special Agents from the State Auditor’s Office have served Benjie Coats, the former County Administrator for Neshoba County, with a demand totaling over $39,000.

Coats was indicted on one count of fraud in September.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering said in a news release Thursday Coats, along with others, was at the center of an investigation by his office into an apparent overtime pay scheme. The individuals submitted in excess of 30,000 hours of overtime pay for which they did not work.

Tommy Gomillion, former Neshoba County payroll clerk, Julie Faye Russell, former Neshoba County purchasing clerk, and Jill Watkins, former Neshoba County comptroller, were all issued demands totaling more than $1.3 million and indicted on 7 counts of fraud each earlier this year.

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