On Tuesday, State Auditor
Stacey Pickering announced that Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Dewayne
Thomas ruled that former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis must repay the full
amount of money demanded by the State Auditor's Office.
investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed
to protecting the taxpayers of Southaven during this time," Auditor Pickering
said. "Prosecuting public corruption is not easy, but elected officials must be
held accountable for their actions and I am pleased with today's ruling."
investigation into Davis began in March 2011 when OSA received a complaint from
a Southaven Alderman regarding Davis' reimbursements from the city.
2011, OSA issued a demand to Davis in the amount of $170,782.28.
consisted of the following: $128,642.59 that was paid to Davis' Capital One
credit card based on the personal invoices that he submitted to the City Clerk;
two payments of $8,410 and $12,108 that the city made for marriage counseling
services on Davis' behalf; $4,428.19 in charges to Davis' city credit card
related to his trip to marriage counseling; $16,822.14 in interest, and
$13,571.18 in investigative costs.
Davis repaid the
city $13,199.82 for marriage counseling, was credited for $10,319.24 in charges
on his personal credit card, and made a payment on the demand in the amount of
$96,000 in December, 2011.
In April 2012,
OSA issued a subsequent demand for reimbursement totaling $73,915.27, which
included $62,881.89 from the first demand; $5,951.96 of charges on Davis' city
issued credit card; 12% of Davis' mileage reimbursement, totaling $4,477.92;
and $603.50 in per diem that Davis received in connection to his marriage
counseling trip. Davis received a reduction in interest for the credit
In August 2012,
OSA sued Davis to recover the amount owed.
Davis then filed a counterclaim
requesting that the Court order the return of the $96,000 that he paid in
response to the initial demand.
Judge Thomas ruled in favor of the State
Auditor's Office on Tuesday.
Unrelated to the
civil demands, Davis has been indicted on two counts of embezzlement by a
public official and one count of false pretense. The criminal trial begins on
June 9 in Desoto County.
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