- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) - Moss Point officials say the state Auditor’s Office is investigating potential fraud involving money from the city’s utilities and police departments.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2ek6kPt) Mayor Billy Broomfield confirmed the investigations after a public-records request.

In the Utilities Department, the finance director discovered “some discrepancies in the accounting” and told District Attorney Tony Lawrence, who reported the information to the state Auditor’s Office.

A second investigation began after Interim Police Chief Brandon Ashley checked the Moss Point Police Benefit Account and discovered problems with spending. The Police Benefit Account was set up for police-sponsored events such as the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

Broomfield said in statement two city employees had access to the account, although the employees were not named. He said the two were no longer employed by the city.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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