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Secretary of state issues final order against Mississippi charity

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By Howard Ballou - bio | email

RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - The secretary of state has issued a final order against the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi (FAIM) and its executive director, Bill Murphy.

The Ridgeland-based charity has been under investigation by both the secretary of state and the state gaming commission over questionable spending practices and other violations of the Mississippi Charities Act.

Delbert Hosemann ordered FAIM and Executive Director Bill Murphy to each pay an administrative penalty of $25,000.

Secretary Hosemann also ordered FAIM's registration as a charitable organization be revoked.

FAIM and Murphy have 30 days to pay the penalties.

Murphy has appealed a decision by the state gaming commission to revoke the license of Boxcar Bingo in Desoto County which provided most of FAIM's funding.

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