State Auditor cracking down on public corruption

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Former Greene County Supervisor Ernest Holder is facing 20 years in federal prison for Katrina fraud.

Following his conviction the State Auditors Office had Holder removed from office and ordered him to pay $130,000 in restitution. Three of his fellow supervisors are accused of misuse of public funds when they paid $25,000 for Holder's legal fees. They have been ordered to pay that money back.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering says since he took office 70 public servants have been convicted of public corruption. Another 60 are waiting to stand trial, and another 170 active cases are under investigation.

"We've worked very closely with federal agencies, as well as local governments to protect the public integrity,"said Pickering. "That's not only what the voters and taxpayers in Mississippi expect, it's what they deserve. We need to enforce the rules, enforce the law, and hold these people to the highest level of accountability."

Holder is scheduled to be sentenced June 23.

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