Mayor of Southaven Indicted, Arrested
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis Indicted on 3 Counts:
Embezzlement, False Pretense & Making Fraudulent Statements
State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been indicted on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements. The Auditor’s investigation brought to light a pattern of fraud and conversion of public property to personal use by Mayor Greg Davis.
The Grand Jury has issued a three-count indictment against Mayor Greg Davis for using city-owned fuel in his personal vehicle; having the City of Southaven reimburse him for his annual contribution for a political action committee which he never paid; and orchestrating the purchase of a vehicle at a significantly undervalued sales price that was originally leased by the City of Southaven.
“This remains an ongoing investigation into Mayor Greg Davis’ misuse of the City of Southaven’s funds, and we will continue to pursue the recovery of taxpayer dollars to the City of Southaven,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “We appreciate the efforts and cooperation of District Attorney John Champion in prosecuting this portion of the case.”
Special agents with the State Auditor’s Office arrested Mayor Davis earlier today at the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. There he was booked and processed on a 3-count indictment handed down Tuesday by the DeSoto County Grand Jury. Davis posted a $3500 bond and was released.
Mayor Greg Davis was issued a demand by the State Auditor’s Office in November of 2011, for $170,782.28 for personal travel and expenses paid for by the City of Southaven. A second demand was issued in April of 2012, for an additional $11,033.38. To date, Mayor Davis has repaid $96,000.00 to the City of Southaven. The unpaid balance owed by Davis is $73,915.27. The civil trial is set for January 28, 2013, in Hinds County.
Elected as Mississippi’s 41st State Auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering was re-elected as State Auditor in 2011 receiving over 75 percent of the vote in the November General Election. Since 2008, Pickering has recovered more than $8 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds. He is a seventh generation Mississippian from Jones County. Auditor Pickering currently serves on the Domestic Working Group for the Office of the Comptroller General of the United States. He also serves on the Financial Management and Intergovernmental Affairs and Performance Audit Committees for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and is a member of the National State Auditors Association. Throughout his political career, Pickering has made tremendous strides in creating more accountability and transparency in government and continues to promote fiscal responsibility and the need for more efficiency and productivity in government. For more information on Stacey Pickering, visit www.osa.state.ms.us/auditors-bio.htm.